Sunday, July 1, 2012

Month of July

 It was originally known as Quintilis.
When Julius Caesar updated the Roman calendar,
he renamed this month after his own name.

There are numerous legends and myths about Birthstone healing powers and their
therapeutic influence.  According to these legends, wearing a gemstone during its
assigned month heightened healing powers.  For the full effect, individuals needed
to own all twelve and alternate them monthly.

Birthstone ~ Ruby
Flowers ~ Larkspur and Water Lily

Noteworthy Days

July 1 ~ Canada Day … celebrates the British North America Act  (July 1, 1867)
which united Canada  as a single country of  four provinces...Ontario, Quebec,
New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. This Act stated that Canada would  become
an independent dominion (territory) of England which is why Canada Day
was originally called  Dominion Day...and our country The Dominion of Canada.

July 4 ~ Independence Day … is an extremely patriotic holiday,
celebrating the independence of the United States of America. The Declaration
of Independence on July 4, 1776 declared independence of the Thirteen Colonies
 from the Kingdom of Great  Britain.

New England:         Province of New Hampshire
                               Province of Massachusetts...and later Maine
                               Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and
                               Connecticut Colony
Middle Colonies:     Province of New York...and later Vermont
                               Province of New Jersey
                               Province of Pennsylvania
                               Deleware Colony
Southern Colonies:   Province of Maryland
                               Colony of Dominion of Virginia...later Kentucky
                               and West Virginia
                               Province of North Carolina...and later Tennessee
                               Province of South Carolina
                               Province of Georgia

July 20 ~ Ramadan Begins …and ends August 17 in North America,
South America and in Europe.

July 22 ~ Parents' Day … is celebrated in United States on the 4th Sunday
of July each year recognizing and promoting the role parents play in children's
lives as a crucial part of families and the wider community.

July Musings

Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions
with one's clothes...and the right kind of day
is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.
A few of those days and you can become drunk
with the belief...that all's right with the world.
(Ada Louise Hauxtable)

Summer is the stuff of dreams. When adults sit at their desks and children sit in
school, they dream of summer...and all its warm sunny days.
It is a time of gently falling rain on golf greens...oft' cooling high temperatures.
It is a time of possible thunder and lightning…later compensated, perhaps by a
gorgeous rainbow..arcing from heaven to earth. 
It is a time for holidays…camping, swimming, beaches and zip lines.
Summer is the time of infinite fun.
The day seems to last forever and the fun never stops. It is a time of romance,
excitement and an enhanced enjoyment of life.  Somehow summer never seems
to last long enough. Often, it is over…before we can fully experience its power.
                              This is true of all things wonderful!  They always seem too short.
                                                             (modified from Family Friend Poems)

Pearl of Wisdom

                                                                      Rain is refreshing.
                                                                      Wind braces us up.
                                                                      Snow is exhilarating.
                                                  There is really no such thing as bad weather ~
                                                           only different kinds of good weather.
                                                                            (John Ruskin)

Merle Baird-Kerr … written June 14, 2012
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  1. Merle, beautiful and enlightening as always. Very interesting to read the history behind Canada Day and July 4. Pary

  2. Thank you Pary...for reading this today...
    TV provided coverages of New Canadians, celebrations, colour and culture! As Pierre Trudeau stated, "Our dreams for this beautiful country will never die!" (Prime Minister for 15 years).