For Everything there is a Season
Monday, June 1, 2009

Summer's coming soon!  Yesterday I was saying that we should create our own traditions for celebrating the solstices and equinoxes.  Summer seems to me like a good time to go to the beach and have a barbecue, with hot dogs roasted over the fire and s'mores.  Fortunately, this year the summer solstice falls conveniently on a Saturday.  We haven't yet decided how to celebrate the other seasons.

In the midst of this discussion and planning, I decided to create a season calculator for my website.  I pulled the dates off of TimeAndDate.com and stuffed them into a database; the result is located right below the moon phase calculator on the home page.

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The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
because the Lord has anointed Me
to preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and release from prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn,
to console those who mourn in Zion,
to give them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
that they may be called trees of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
— Isaiah 61:1-3