Summer Solstice 2015

This is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. The time when the Sun halts the motion to longer days, and begins the slow passage back to shorter days. In the Southern Hemisphere, this is the Winter Solstice, and the shortest day, turning back toward more sun. It is a time of marking the most extreme of solar motion and the strongest seasons in progress.

It takes time for the change of added energy to fully reflect in the temperatures and weather of the planet. For that reason, meteorological summer runs a ways after the Summer Solstice. For most folks it is considered to be a month or two. July and August. It varies with latitude, being hard to notice at the equator, and dramatic at the poles.

That gives us an understanding of the nature of heat storage on our planet. At the Winter Solstice in the N.H. about December 22, we have January and February of winter yet to come. The fallacy of retained heat in “Global Warming” illustrated by that single time lag. Heat is not stored through the depth of winter, it simply lags about 2 months behind persistent solar flux changes.

It is the Sun that rules our lives, makes our weather, delivers water from the seas as rains and snow, feeds our crops, and warms our souls.

This Summer Solstice also lands on Father’s Day in the USA. For me, this will be a double celebration. The Altar is ready with charcoal to get started, and Manzanita for flavor and persistence. Sacred wine is cooling in the refrigerator (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc). Tomorrow will begin with a visit to a very old church, made of mud. Mission Santa Clara.

There, in a place whose simple existence is testimony to the world of plenty and grace we live in, that is brilliant evidence that the only real resource is human ingenuity when freed of oppression and fear; I expect to hear a homily based on fear and greed spawned of deception. The Pope has issued his marching orders on Global Warming, and most in attendance will be blind to the meaning of where they sit. That there is no reason to fear. That the Sun is in control, and we are not. That there is no shortage in a world of abundant imagination. That free people are always rich, and only tyrants (large and petty) and the fearful bring disasters of human cause. But I will know. And I will be there to whisper to the walls that “this too shall pass” in the fullness of time.

Outside the sun will rise, and not care at all. The day will warm and be pleasant. Those who care to see a glorious world of plenty will see one, and those who do not are acting by their own hand and inside their own limitations. Best to show them by example what real happiness looks like. Peace and pleasures in the presence of family and friends, or friends to be.

After the service, the family is going out for Pizza (and some beer for me). Why pizza? Fired in an oven, over purifying flames. Spice, bite and richness. I was asked what I wanted for “my day”, and said I wanted to spend it with the family doing what I value and enjoy. A wonderfully aeromatic burnt offering and wave offering mid day.

As the evening arrives, it will be chops and chicken on the Manzanita and wine wave offering. There will also be, fresh from the garden, summer squash and green beans with a side of sweet collards (my own variety made from crossing green glaze collards with dinosaur kale and a purple cabbage – durable like collards but sweeter like cabbage with some color and shape of kale). I expect to watch the sun set with glass in hand, and cherish this special day.

So, with that, enjoy your own bounty and by your own choices find joy. To quote an Australian (when I was getting a visa from their consulate):

“Life is what you make it, now, isn’t it?”…

So I chose to make my peaceful, guilt free, and a life of abundance.

What do you chose to make yours?

About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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9 Responses to Summer Solstice 2015

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  2. Wayne Job says:

    EM what you wrote in this piece is beautiful and meaningful, thank you.

  3. p.g.sharrow says:

    A nice little sermon my friend :-) I pray your efforts at illumination for others brings joy to you and blessings to your family.
    I suppose since the Christians have captured the Winter Solstice we will have to settle for the summer one. Maybe this is the better deal for those of the northern latitudes.
    “Praise be to Carbon, foundation of life, giver of health and happiness!”
    ;-) pg

  4. p.g.sharrow says:

    The wonders and abundance created by the interface of sun, water and CO2 is best enjoyed during the Northern Summer season. What better time to celebrate then the 3 days of the solstice. pg

  5. Glenn999 says:

    Wonderful prose. Thanks EM

    And now with that inspiration, I shall endeavor to have a day like your day, some time in the future!

  6. E.M.Smith says:


    Thanks! Glad you found it worthy.


    It does.

    I’m fine with using the Summer Solstice high holy day as the “first among equals” ( 2 solstices and 2 equinoxes).

    But only 3 days?… Yule logs run for a dozen sometimes… (maybe the yule tradition of “as long as the tree burns” could be updated… how long does a large bag of briquettes last? ;-)


    It was a very good day. Didn’t get the collards made, and had St. Louis ribs instead of chops… but way too much and very nice… I would advise against 2 bottles of wine, though… didn’t get up to speed until after noon today…


    The mass was a pleasant surprise. No mention at all of green crap or global warming. Still just following the 2015 Missal. Likely will take to the 2016 version to show up.

  7. hillbilly33 says:

    Hi E.M. It’s the old hillbilly still alive and kicking at 82! Thankyou for some beautiful words and thoughts reflecting my own views on life. I’ve been wading through the sewers of political, Trade Union, Labor Law Firm and other institutional corruption being revealed in our current Royal Commission, but in general still covered up by a compliant MSM and national taxpayer-funded broadcaster “our” ABC. I needed a long hot shower in the decency you have highlighted.

    On His Eminence and many Church Leaders of other denominations, would it be churlish of me to suggest that their enthusiasm for “the cause” may be influenced by where their Superannuation and Pension Fund monies are invested.

    A look through the list of members who contribute the trillions this group controls, might be informative.

    I’ll lift a nice Shiraz to you in honour of our winter solstice here in beautiful Tasmania.
    Cheers to you and yours.

  8. hillbilly33 says:

    Apologies. Forgot the link. Must be getting old, but it is after midnight!

  9. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; nearly time for the Yule week festivities to begin. :-)… pg

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