That Was Yesterday, Now It’s History

Yesterday is past…ready for the future?

winter-solsticeWhen you wake you will be in the future. Every moment of time moves into what is the future second of time. What is the future of Winter? Not sure, but the Almanac suggests they know. Are you ready? Winter arrives today!

If you want to learn more about the Solstice, then check out this site. Depending on your time zone, winter may have appeared while you were sleeping!

When we first moved to Alaska in 1980, Anchorage was entering a cold wave described like this (

  • The coldest day of 1980 was December 17, with a low temperature of -23°F. For reference, on that day the average low temperature is 13°F and the low temperature drops below -3°F only one day in ten. The coldest month of 1980 was December with an average daily low temperature of -6°F.
  • Relative to the average, the coldest day was December 17. The low temperature that day was -23°F, compared to the average of 13°F, a difference of 35°F. In relative terms the coldest month was December, with an average low temperature of -6°F, compared to an typical value of 12°F.
  • The longest cold spell was from November 29 to December 30, constituting 32 consecutive days with cooler than average low temperatures. The month of December had the largest fraction of cooler than average days with 94% days with lower than average low temperatures.
  • The longest freezing spell was from November 27 to December 31, constituting 35 consecutive days with temperatures strictly below freezing.

I describe it with the words from people who write about weather to let you know how much I enjoy cold… This was an enjoyable time! I kept the window cracked to enjoy the cold feel as we drifted to sleep. And, it felt much colder than what is described because it was virtually a new sensation. I KNOW it was colder than -23… at least that’s what my memory tells me!

Remember. It’s only cold in the Northern Hemisphere where the earth is tilted furthest from the sun. Did you know, roughly 88-90% of the population on the earth lives in the Northern Hemisphere? (Source) That means, to one degree or another, most of us know about the Winter Solstice concept and not the flip of the Southern Hemisphere who are beginning the first day of SUMMER!

While General Washington was bedded down at Valley Forge, on December 21 these other events transpired through the centuries.

  • 1898 – Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the radioactive element radium.
  • 1937 – Walt Disney debuted the first, full-length, animated feature in Hollywood, CA. The movie was “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
  • 1945 – U.S. Gen. George S. Patton died in Heidelberg, Germany, of injuries from a car accident.
  • 1951 – Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from major league baseball.
  • 1968Apollo 8 was launched on a mission to orbit the moon. The craft landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on December 27. (I was 13, and soon to be 14…)
  • 1968 – Crosby, Stills and Nash performed together in public for the first time.
  • 1968 – Janis Joplin gave her first solo performance in Memphis, TN.
  • 1969 – Diana Ross gave her last television performance as a member of the Supremes on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
  • 1988 – 270 people were killed when Pan Am Boeing 747 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, due to a terrorist attack.
  • 1995 – The city of Bethlehem passed from Israeli to Palestinian control.
  • 1996 – Curious George co-creator Margret Rey dies

Finally, some Facebook history for me over the past 8 years…

  • 2015 – Doctors. Lawyers. Police. Pastor’s. Just a few of those who sometimes make mistakes. Oh, and you, too!
  • 2015 – “8 Hours
  • 2013 – “Our Best Song
  • 2013 – “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” ~Thomas Paine

And several favored 12/21 scriptures.

And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing. (1 Samuel 12:21 NKJV)

And in his name Gentiles will Trust. (Matthew 12:21 NKJV)

Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” (John 12:21 NKJV)

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21 NKJV)




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