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Monday 12/21/2009 2:07 AM

With day the thinnest and night the fattest today, the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. In ancient times, this was called The First Point of Capricorn because back then the sun was just entering the constellation of the goat-fish as autumn came to an end. Times change and stars drift (see precession), so today we would probably name it The Second (or Third) Point of Scorpio.

Round these parts, though, we just call it winter.

I'm too tired to be too witty here right now. Happy Yule and all. Hope you're recovering from your Yalda celebrations last night.

Mostly quiet on the home front as we ready for a true family homecoming: On Thursday, Christmas Eve, at approximately 7:30 in the evening, Alex and Shannon return from their months in Europe. We are anxious to see them again.

File Under: Alex; Holiday; Holiday, Of Sorts; Shannon; Solstice, Winter
Music: The Beatles "The White Album"

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