On June 2015

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Two naming origins for June: The Roman goddess Juno (wife of Jupiter) and from the Latin word iuniores, which means “younger ones”

June, the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, but the beginning of winter in the Southern Hemisphere … thus with equivalent of December in the Southern Hemisphere

June, the longest hours of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, but the shortest days in the Southern Hemisphere

No months start on the same day of the week of June in common or leap years

June ends on the same day of the week as March in all years

June, know by some as the Marriage Month because of the large number of marriage held

June, the month for health and longevity

June, with two zodiac signs: Gemini (until June 20) or Cancer (from June 21 onward)

June, with birthstones Alexandrite, Moonstone, and Pearl

June, with birth flowers Honeysuckle and the rose

June, with its moons known as Flower Moon, Rose Moon, Strawberry Moon, and Honey Moon

June, with its Full Moon on June 2 at 16:19 UTC … and the New Moon on June 14 at 14:05 UTC

June, a month of an equinox

June, the month for national celebrations in Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Slovenia, Philippines,

June, with a Father’s Day celebration in Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, UK, US, and Venezuela, however a Mother’s Day in Luxembourg

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? (Dr. Seuss)

June, the month to increase awareness in Alzheimer’s, Antiphospholipid Antibodies Syndrome (APS), accordions, brains, cataracts, cancer from the sun, celibacy, infertility, dairy alternatives, childhood cancer, migraines, aphasia, men’s health, Congenital Cytomegalovirus, pet preparedness, scoliosis, alcoholism, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), scleroderma, student safety, and potty training

June, the month to celebrate aquariums, zoos, candy, dairy, turkey lovers, iced tea, papaya, fashion in colonial Virginia, men, perennial gardening, rivers, skyscrapers, sorghum, and smiles

June, the month to promote adopting a sheltered cat, beauty in your skin, fighting the filthy fly, fresh fruits and vegetables, Idaho wines, camping, effective communications, do-it-yourself marketing, fireworks safety, professional wellness, rebuilding your life, kids sports, women’s golf, bikes, and Ohio wines

June, the month to embrace African-American music, audio books, gay pride, roses, country cookies, great outdoors, soul food, Caribbean-American heritage, surf music, bathroom reading, safety, vision research, and steakhouses

Do you have any special occasions during June? Which songs did you enjoy?

On September 2014

September is named after Demeter, the Greek goddess of harvest

In the Roman calendar, September was the seventh month because in Latin, septem means “seven” and septimus means “seventh”

September is a month of an equinox, thus the change of season from summer to autumn in the northern hemisphere, and from winter to spring in the southern hemisphere

No other month ends on the same day of the week as September in any year

September begins on the same day of the week as December every year

One of four months with a length of 30 days

My favorite poem is the one that starts Thirty days hath September because it actually tells you something. (Groucho Marx, actor & comedian)

September was called “harvest month” in Charlemagne’s calendar, Gerstmonath (barley month) by Anglo-Saxons, and Herbstmonat (harvest month) by Swiss

September births are celebrated with forget-me-not, morning glory, and aster (birth flowers) and sapphire (birthstone)

September astrological signs are Virgo (until September 21) and Libra (from September 22 onward)

Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.
– William Wordsworth, September

Woody Allen directed a movie called September (1987), a movie starring Mia Farrow, Elaine Strich and Jack Warden

If a guy hits .300 every year, what does he have to look forward to I always tried to stay around .190, with three or four RBI. And I tried to get them all in September. That way I always had something to talk about during the winter. (Bob Uecker, Baseball icon )

September is the month for increasing awareness in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, atrial fibrillation, baby safety, pediatric cancer, gynecological cancer, leukemia & lymphoma, mold, campus safety, head lice prevention, infant mortality, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, skin care, Alzheimer’s, sickle cell anemia, platelet disorder, food allergies, and childhood obesity.

September is the month for enjoying these culinary delights: California wild rice, ice cream sandwiches, chicken, low cholesterol-low fat pizza, honey, mushroom, prime beef, papaya, whole grains, ice cream milk shakes, rice, ethnic foods, apples, biscuits, potatoes, fruits & vegetables, and the All-American breakfast.

September is increasing self-awareness by participating in or promoting strategic thinking, wilderness activities, baby safety, square dancing, backpack safety, good manners in children, eating chicken, sports & home eye safety, updating your resume, food safety, better breakfasts, signing up for a library card, and pleasuring your mate.

September is the month for embracing animals by celebrating save the koala, service/guide dogs, save the tiger, responsible dog ownership, healthy happy cats, and pet memorials/animal remembrance

September is the month for recognizing bourbon heritage, California wines, saving for college, people skills, fall hats, osteopathic medicine, women friendships, subliminal communications, Hispanic heritage, home furnishings, and pianos.

September is the month for promoting cholesterol education, hunger action, million minute family challenge, coupons, DNA genomic & stem cell education, sewing, self-improvement, prospering where you are planted, healthy aging, superior relationships, being prepared, and shameless promotion.

October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February. (Mark Twain, humorist)

“The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.”
– John Updike, September

I still have the Pause button set, but will return soon – so, this song is a fitting to end this post. Did you take in any of the songs?