The Summer Solstice, which marks the official beginning of summer in the top half of the world, occurs in the northern hemisphere on June 20 or 21.

The word solstice comes from the Latin word ‘solstitium’ which translates as ‘sun standing still.’  It makes sense to conclude that the June solstice is in fact the middle of summer, given that it is the point at which the sun is highest and remains longest in the sky.  Yet here in the northern part of the country we think of the solstice as the beginning of summer because the hot weather of summer usually follows a few weeks afterwards.

Interestingly enough the solstice is a day lover’s delight:  the longest day of the year and shortest night of the year.  But celebrations of the Summer Solstice do have a bittersweet irony:  the day following begins a bit later and ends a bit sooner…and the slow march toward winter begins!

Steve’s thought for the day; Let my words, like vegetables, be tender and sweet…for tomorrow I may have to eat them!