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2018 Summer Solstice In New Hampshire Will Be At 6:07 am (Eastern) On Thursday, June 21.

by Anura Guruge


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Kind of late in the morning this year —
7 minutes after 6 am.
Last year it was soon after midnight.

I will NOT be up.
Way too early for I.

Plus 

MY LEAST FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR!

Days start getting shorter — and I hate that.

To I, it means Winter is on the way.

06:07 am Eastern in the USA — 10:07 am GMT.


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘timeanddate.com’, of course. Note, LONGEST day of the year, but days start getting shorter right away! Bummer.


Last  Two Year.


https://nhlifefree.com/2015/06/17/summer-solstice-2015-in-new-hampshire-will-be-on-sunday-june-21-2015-1239-pm-eastern-1639-gmt-fathers-day-also-2/Related Posts:
Search ‘Solstice’ or ‘Full Moon’ for posts from prior years. 
Check Category ‘astronomy’.


by Anura Guruge

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Teischan’s Father’s Day 2018 Handcrafted Art.

by Anura Guruge


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This, as was her 2018 Mother’s Day art was done by her on cardboard. She continues with the somewhat Indian-influenced, symmetrical patterns. I like it. Pretty elaborate. Our big problem is we are running out of wall space for all her art! It would be churlish not to display it, but we just don’t have any room.

Would appear she did all of this in a couple of hours.


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Why I Am Way Beyond Being An Atheist: Part II … Floods At Lourdes, The Marian Miracle Center Of The Universe.

by Anura Guruge


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From Facebook.


Lourdes with its Marian (i.e., Virgin Mary, mother of Christ) Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes — the place that millions visit a year to pray for miracles!

This is why the 2nd image (above) just cracked me up. They want us to pray for Lourdes. Sacré bleu. People go to Lourdes to pray — and now you want us to pray for Lourdes. That is like being told to bring coal to Newcastle!

If the Virgin Mary has decided to turn a blind eye on Lourdes, her spiritual home on earth, who am I to try and intercede. She, according to her army of followers, is all powerful. So, my take is very simplistic. I am going to let her take care of this.


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This Is Why I Am Way Beyond Being An Atheist … I Do Not Believe In Any Religion.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access U.K. “Independent” original. Google “Docho Eshete” for MORE coverage.


IF I were to believe in a God or even a god I would expect better. Jeee, this guy is supposed to be doing God’s work. Never made sense to me … church buses crashing, pastors getting killed in church. This is why when I was about 18 I gave up on all religions. It was very easy for I.

Just the other day I posted about this Sri Lankan who is utterly devoted to God but God forsakes him more often than not!

Anywho … when I saw this crocodile story it did crack me up. I am sorry. I can’t help my perverse sense of humor.

Enough said …


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by Anura Guruge


Teischan’s Art Now Includes Carpentry With Power Tools.

by Anura Guruge


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This has all to do with the total overhaul she is doing to her room — which includes some massive and very impressive wall murals. She will NOT let me take any pictures yet! She wants to finish it first.

When she was little I had put, at great trouble and cost, a TON of wooden shelving in her room so that she would never be short of space for her books, videos and games. Well, when she decided she was going to paint the wall she, laboriously, took 95% of the shelves down. She plans to put some of them back up, but to her specification and design.

She wanted to cut the shelves herself. So, I set her up using the chop saw I got last year when I installed deck railing. She was nervous and hesitant at first and wanted me to hold the saw with her. But, after about the third cut she was all set. It was good to see. She is very cautious and has good self-preservation instincts. So, I knew she wouldn’t chop off her hands.


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Sri Lanka Buddhists Now Divided On Whether To Celebrate 2018 Vesak In May Or April!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia with my annotations.


Click to access original post from ‘onlanka.com’.


I had grown up always believing (and assuming) that Vesak was always the May full moon. Though I have not celebrated it in over 50-years I still think of the May full moon as Vesak. That is why I did my customary, annual Vesal ‘card’ yesterday. Since I know that different, mainly non-Theravadan, countries celebrate vesak on dates different to Sri Lanka I typically put the Sri Lankan date on my ‘card’ to avoid confusion. So, yesterday, I put May 29, 2018.

When I posted my ‘card’ on Facebook two Sri Lankans pointed out that this year Sri Lanka celebrated vesak on April 29, 2018, though some plan to also do so on May 29. Initially I was shocked and upset because I hate to see long held traditions disrupted. I also found the above post which confirmed my initial view.

But, after some research I came to realize that there is some logic to the April 29, 2018 decision — made, of course, by Sri Lanka’s charlatan, often discredited astrologers.

It all has to do with trying to map lunar cycles into the Roman solar calendar — given that vesak is entirely a full moon related event. It eventually comes down to when the full moons fall relative to a given year. April 29th was a LATE full moon for April. That was the problem.

If there are two full moons in May Sri Lanka, traditionally, celebrated vesak on the FIRST of these. A full moon on April 29 was an analogous situation.

So ….


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Search on ‘Vesak’.


by Anura Guruge


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