Friday, December 25, 2020

Friday Poem

Greetings from St. Paul on December 25. day 360 of 2020 (98.36% of the year). The year is fading quickly. And the winter solstice is just a few days behind us--the shortest day of the year. 

The days will lengthen and are already but slowly at first. The seconds and minutes will become something  noticeable in a few weeks. Today there are 43 more seconds of light since the winter solstice.

To celebrate this yearly astronomical event, Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) has 12 images of sunrises throughout the year, including the winter and summer solstices and the spring and fall equinoxes with a clear explanations.

Quotation. But the further you get from the laboratory work, the more complicated and less clearly scientific the key issues become. ... And the closer you get to the finish line, the more notable the bureaucratic and political element becomes.--Ross Douthat (StarTribune/The New York Times) writing about a common statement, "follow the science." As Greta Thunberg said: "Listen to the science." There is a difference. 

It is National Pumpkin Pie day.

Today's poem is by Robert Frost.


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