Bonfire and Dancing? How Do You Celebrate the Summer Solstice?


Enjoy the sunshine today.  It’s the most you will see until next year at this time.

I’ve never been big on the sun and moon festivals but that is about the change.  Comes a time in life when almost any excuse for a party is good and this seems like a good one to me.  I think the sun and the moon and all of creation deserve a great deal of celebration.  Their rising and settings, waxing and waning are the measure of our existence.

On the longest day of the year on Keno Hill in the Yukon Territories everyone spends the day on the hill watching the sun go around them.  It must be fun though I had trouble sleeping last night with the light beginning around 3:30 in the window.  I can’t imagine how hard it must be to sleep in the far north during the summer.  Blackout curtains and those sleep masks would be a must.

It would be fun to be at Stonehenge doing yoga or just standing around watching the sun rise.  Global news had some reports on that party today.   I am always amazed at the ingenuity and genius of the ancients.  They lacked all the great tools and computers we have but they still had it figured out.  One article says the builders of Stonehenge knew the Pythagorean theory 2000 years before Pythagoras.    In Manhattan they watch the sun rise between tall buildings.

At my house I just got up and watched the sun peek over the horizon while I drank my coffee. I’d be game for a party with bonfire tonight, but I must work in the morning.

In the mean time one of my friends on the other side of the world in South Africa is spending the shortest day of her year.  I don’t know if they have light festivals there like we do but I hope they are having fun too.

Have a wonderful and safe summer.  Enjoy some of the articles in the Google Search on the day.

About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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