Thursday, June 21, 2018

Celebrate Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice occurs when the sun reaches its zenith. It provides the longest period of daylight in the northern hemisphere. Summer solstice derives from the Latin sol (sun) and sistera (to stand still).

Cultures around the world hold events to celebrate Solstice. 

The Celts & Slavs celebrated the first day of summer with dancing & bonfires. They feel it helped to increase the Sun's energy. 

The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light.

The Pagan Festival of Litha, celebrated by Druids, venerates the Solstice as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth.” Druidism worships nature and believes in the spirits of mountains, and divine guides.

Stonehenge, in southern England, holds the largest festival. Here, more than 350 mounds surround a stone circle at the center. Dating back to 3100 BC, Neolithic people started the construction. Experts cannot agree on whether Stonehenge served as a temple, a burial ground, or an astronomy site. Nobody can figure out for sure how the stones were erected. Mysteries abound in the region.

Starting at midnight on the eve of Summer Solstice, revelers, spiritualists and tourists gather to dance around the fire, star gaze and hug the stones at Stonehenge. They wear robes and flowers to celebrate the year’s longest day.

The summer solstice is one of the rare occasions in the year when open access to the stones is allowed by English Heritage, custodians of the monuments.

Enjoy your celebration of Summer Solstice. 

Imagine yourself reveling at Stonehenge near the fire. Think about Shakespeare and have a "Midsummer Night's Dream."

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Comedy Today

"There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama , a comedy, and a tragedy.” - Mark Twain 

Life's too short to write its drama and tragedy. Write your life as a comedy. During the day, change events to evoke laughter and silliness. 

Go for the fun.  Write words that spell lightness, playfulness, and joy. 

Smile until your cheeks ache. 

Write about the mysteries that delight. Feel chuckles tickle your knuckles.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Gardener of Life

Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are 
gardeners.  - William Shakespeare from Othello

Investigate what bugs you to release its power.

Attract pollinators and birdsong.

Stay nourished with healthy food and beverages. 

        Stimulate your curiosity by exploring nature's gardens. 

Nurture your seeds of wonder. 
                      Cultivate creativity.

Laugh and smile past fear and frustration. 


Feel excitement and gratitude for the unexpected.

Stay open to play in each moment. 

Decorate your life with all the colors of the spectrum.

              Breathe the scents and savor sensations.

Absorb renewal at each sunset.