Saturday, June 21, 2014

Midsummer Night

Upon the Eve
by Wayne Adam

The veil grows thin
As darkness comes
upon the eve of Litha

Creatures roam from the Otherworld
As faeries spin their mischief

Herbs are gathered on this magical night
People wash in waters of rejuvenation

Fires are lit
There's song and dance
For future luck and fortune

Litha approaches in brilliant glory of sunrise
Granting good growth of  grain.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day

Father's Day is here, but many of us don't know how this holiday came about, so here's a short history:

 In 1908 a West Virgina Church sponsored the first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah.

In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane Washington, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She solicited local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to support for her idea, and and on July 19, 1910 Washington State proclaimed  the nation’s first statewide "Father’s Day."

 In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day.

Remember, your father gave you his name. He is the strength and wisdom of your family. A provider of money, shelter and security. Always respect him and love him dearly.

Happy Father's Day!