26 June 2012

the dog days of summer

The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the "Dog Star" because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the night sky. The term "Dog Days" was used earlier by the Greeks (see, e.g., Aristotle's Physics, 199a2).
The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which is no longer true, owing to precession of the equinoxes. The Romans sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.

25 June 2012

tropical storm debby

"I am a dark bowl, waiting to be filled. If I open my mouth now, I could drown in the rain."

Rain by Kazin Ali

06 June 2012

D-Day June 6, 1944

for a virtual tour of St.Mere Eglise, click on this google street view link:

St.Mere Eglise, Normandy, France

and click on the photos...

"Before you can blame an individual for their choices, you have to make sure they have the same choices as everyone else."

Bix , the fanatic cook.