Welcome Spring!

The Equinox Tradition:

Spring is the dawn of the new zodiacal year in the Northern Hemisphere. Don’t you just love the word “equinox?” I have to decide each time whether to say it with a short or long “e”. The equinoxes are the two times during the year when the dark of night and the light of day are in balance or equal. Another name for the Vernal Equinox is Ostara, from the name of a German Goddess of fertility, Oestarae.

She is the deific equivalent of the Greco-Roman goddess, Aurora, the personification of the sunrise. Consider that the Sun rises in the East and her name is where East and Easter both come from. The Christian Easter date was decided by the Council of Nicaea to fall the first Sunday after the first full Moon occurring on or after the March Equinox. This effectively removed its observance from conflicts with either Ostara or Passover.  Read the rest of this entry »

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My Holiday Card

I think you’ll enjoy this whether you celebrate Christmas or not…

Merry Christmas from the animals!

The best part is that by sharing this video with anyone else who needs a laugh IAMs will donate food to shelters all over the USA. So enjoy, share, and have a wonderful holiday.


Winter Solstice 2013

winter23The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21st this year.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, at precisely 12:11 P.M. on December 21 (EST)

At the Winter Solstice, the Sun enters the part of the space-time continuum belonging to Capricorn. This is the official first day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The word Solstice is derived from the Latin sol, or “Sun,” and stitium, or “stoppage.” At the Solstice, the Sun appears to both rise and set at the same spot on the horizon. On or around June 21, the Summer Solstice, the North Pole is tilted most directly Sunward. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience this as the longest day and shortest night of the year. Read the rest of this entry »


A Halloween Trivia Question!

Milk_DudsHow many children have been killed by poisoned Halloween candy?

Answer: There have only been two confirmed cases of children being killed by poisoned Halloween candy, and in both cases, they were killed intentionally by one of their parents. With those two exceptions, no child has been killed or seriously injured by Halloween candy.

Did you trick or treat? Did a parent check your candy?

My dad used to insist on checking my candy but I was sure it was so he could get first dibs on any Milk Duds I may have gotten! ;)

Click here for more debunked Halloween “facts”


Welcome Spring!

The Equinox Tradition:

Spring is the dawn of the new zodiacal year in the Northern Hemisphere. Don’t you just love the word “equinox?” I have to decide each time whether to say it with a short or long “e”. The equinoxes are the two times during the year when the dark of night and the light of day are in balance or equal. Another name for the Vernal Equinox is Ostara, from the name of a German Goddess of fertility, Oestarae.

She is the deific equivalent of the Greco-Roman goddess, Aurora, the personification of the sunrise. Consider that the Sun rises in the East and her name is where East and Easter both come from. The Christian Easter date was decided by the Council of Nicaea to fall the first Sunday after the first full Moon occurring on or after the March Equinox. This effectively removed its observance from conflicts with either Ostara or Passover.  Read the rest of this entry »


Winter Solstice 2012

winter23The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21st this year.

At the Winter Solstice, the Sun enters the part of the space-time continuum belonging to Capricorn. This is the official first day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The word Solstice is derived from the Latin sol, or “Sun,” and stitium, or “stoppage.” At the Solstice, the Sun appears to both rise and set at the same spot on the horizon. On or around June 21, the Summer Solstice, the North Pole is tilted most directly Sunward. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience this as the longest day and shortest night of the year. Read the rest of this entry »


How much do you know about Christmas?

Merry Christmas QuizHo, Ho, Ho.

Okay, I took the quiz. I got 11 correct out of 22. That is only 55%

I started out with a bang but got really anxious once I started getting questions wrong. A few of these are real nail-biters too!

Try it and put your score in the comments, ok?

How much do you know about Christmas? A quiz – Royalty – CSMonitor.com.

I am seriously hoping that someone is even more culturally challenged than I am…


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