Monthly Archives: June 2009

Feast of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

If you ever find yourself bored at an anti-abortion rally you can look quite pious by burying yourself in a copy of Butler’s Lives of the Saints. Today, you’d be able to read about all the Christians Nero blamed for … Continue reading

Posted in Celebrations, festivals, memorials, Death | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

You can always tell when the Planned Parenthood clinic in Media is open by the groups of grim-faced people clustered outside holding grisly signs. It’s quite a scene, what with all the muttering, praying people; the clinic escorts; and a … Continue reading

Posted in Celebrations, festivals, memorials, Death | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Karl Rove’s crumbling stonewall

The Stonewall demonstrations happened on my birthday, but it’s not because I was doing so much celebrating forty years ago that I missed the news. Most everyone else did too. Six months later Karl Rove’s father left his family. Turns … Continue reading

Posted in Celebrations, festivals, memorials, Politics and history | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Cancer time

Here’s what the lucky Duc de Berry got to look at from his Paris window – all the slaving peasants raking hay under the blazing chariot of Helios, the sun god; the Gemini twins; and Cancer the crab, who came … Continue reading

Posted in Time and calendars | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Governor Sanford and cable news say thank you

Poor lovesick Governor Sanford’s problems were quite helpful for cable news, which was having a hard time following what was happening in a country where the only visuals were green tweets and shaky cell phone videos. And then, fortunately for … Continue reading

Posted in Celebrations, festivals, memorials, Death | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

God and my schedule

One day when I was around ten or so I woke up and made myself a schedule. In my Girl Scout handbook it told you how to clean a room, and so I was going to clean my room step … Continue reading

Posted in My so-called-life | Tagged , | Leave a comment

St. John and the Romans and St. Bartholomew, all at once

It’s quite a busy day today: there’s John the Baptist, of course, but also the Roman Solstitium, called the dies lampadarum, or “day of torches.” It’s hot in Rome now, just as it must have been then; and, finally, here … Continue reading

Posted in Celebrations, festivals, memorials | Tagged , | Leave a comment

St. John’s Eve

On St. John’s Eve you can build a bonfire and leap over it, either to get yourself a husband or, if you already have a husband, to cure disease. Tomorrow is the feast of St. John the Baptist, the only … Continue reading

Posted in Celebrations, festivals, memorials | Tagged , | Leave a comment

No meridian or time at Greenwich

Whereas, in order to the finding out of the longitude of places for perfecting navigation and astronomy, we have resolved to build a small observatory within Our Park at Greenwich. So decreed King Charles II on June 22, 1675, so … Continue reading

Posted in Celebrations, festivals, memorials, Time and calendars | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Sun standing still for fathers

Like Eve being created from Adam’s rib, only backwards, Father’s Day came out of Mother’s Day one hundred years ago when Sonora Smart Dodd, listening to a sermon about Mother’s Day, thought there should be a Father’s Day too. She … Continue reading

Posted in Celebrations, festivals, memorials | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment