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Happy Winter Solstice, whether you consider it the 1st day of winter or mid winter. Either way, today is the shortest day of the year in terms of sunlight (it still has 24 hours in it) as as of 12:11pm, the sun will begin its climb back towards us here in the northern hemisphere.

Growing up in the UK, today was always midwinter’s day; we now start looking forward to spring and summer. It was a day to celebrate because we were on the way back up. We had made it through the ‘dark days’. Yes, more often than not, the next couple of months were colder than the last couple but that didn’t matter, daylight was coming back in the evenings so we could be outside in daylight.

If I remember correctly, I think I made similar comments at the summer solstice. This was always midsummer’s day (as it was to Shakespeare). And the other quirk about which I have to think sometimes is the 12am/12pm issue. I think it should become universally accepted that we refer either to a 24hr clock or 12 midnight and 12 noon. That way there would be no confusion. And I’m not the only one who thinks this. Just saying.

http://www.ibtimes.com/winter-solstice-2013-when-first-day-winter-5-facts-know-1517316

http://www.ask.com/question/when-is-midwinter-s-day

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer

http://www.npl.co.uk/science-technology/time-frequency/time/faqs/is-midnight-12-a.m.-or-12-p.m.-(faq-time)

Anyway, all that said, wishing David tons of good luck on his 50K race today. He is running for a good cause, if you feel able to support him, please do. Even the smallest amounts go a long way. http://www.davidruns4good.causevox.comhttps://www.facebook.com/dtunn03?fref=ts  Thank you. It will make him run stronger and faster. Even if it is just a prayer and a ‘like’ he’ll take what he can get.

Attended a great party last night; great company – CrossFit Mt Lebanon schedules great parties and great workouts.

Had to write this early today; I have so many links open on my computer that I wanted to use, if I left it until this evening, half of them would have been linked over.  Ho Hum.

Enjoy your weekend. It’s going to be wet here. But warm too. So unwinter-like. All the snow has gone. And I even think the grass is growing (just kidding).                  Joanna

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