Friday, August 31, 2012

Month of September

The meaning of the Latin word, septem is seven.
The word septimus means seventh.
Originally, September was the seventh month of the calendar.

Birthstone ~ Sapphire
Flowers ~ Aster and Morning Glory

Noteworthy Days

September 3 ~ an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers.
Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the
8-hour movement which advocated 8 hours for work, 8 hours for recreation
and 8 hours for rest.  The first Monday in September is designated for this day.

September 9 ~ Grandparent's Day is a secular holiday officially recognized
in a number of countries...honouring also other seniors and seeks to strengthen
relationships between the generations.

September 11 ~ Patriot Day is  recognized on this date every year in the
United  States.  It is designated in the memory of 2,977 killed in the 2001
terrorist attacks.  On this day, the President requests that the American
flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White
House and in all US government buildings and establishments.

September 16 ~ Rosh Hashanah and September 25 ~ Yom Kippur
are considered the two most sacred  Jewish holidays and are known
as the High Holy Days.

September 22 ~ First day of Autumn, which in the Northern Hemisphere,
begins at 10:49 am (EDT) during the autumnal equinox
Sarah Morgan Bryan Pratt wrote:  It is the summer's  last great heat.
                                                        It is the fall's first chill.
                                                        They meet!

September 30 ~ The Harvest Moon is the first “full moon” closest to
the first day of autumn.

September is also one of the best times of the year to see the white band
of the Milky Way stretching across the sky.  It is best viewed from a dark
location on a moonless night away from city lights.  The white band is
the edge of our galaxy.  Our sun is one of countless stars making up the
Milky Way.  Venus and Jupiter are the brightest planets in the September
sky.  You can see Venus in the eastern sky at dawn.  Jupiter rises in the
north-east around 10 pm and can be seen all night. Mars and Saturn can
be seen low in the south-west at dusk.  Uranus rises in the east shortly
after sunset and is visible all night.  Neptune is low in the south-east
at sunset and sets in the south-west around 4 am.  Some of you may be
interested in this zodiacal light...night-time display.

September Musing

                                         September, you fill me with your colurs so bright.
                                         The mellowness of you fills me with delight.
                                         When I wake to morning mists,
                                         Swirling leaves and autumn sights,
                                         My soul is filled with a million lights.

                                         My life began one September day,
                                          A half century away;
                                         And every year that passes by,
                                         You, September, always brings me joy.

                                         There is a quietness in the air,
                                         Crisper days without a care.
                                         Summer has gone...and left us more
                                         September nights to truly adore.
                                                                   (Lynda Robson)

Merle Baird-Kerr … written August 31, 2012
Comments welcome … scroll down (may enter as “anonymous”)


  1. Beautiful tribute to September !
    Also our Children and our Grandchildren return to school and universities to acquire further education and power to live within this Big Blue Marble they call Earth. Its a very special time for Teachers and Students ! Its like a new start in the near middle of the year !
    Cheers to September !

    Sherrie and The Universe !

  2. It is a beautiful month...your comments
    pay it great tribute. A new life beginning
    as is climbing the ladder to
    "greater heights". Merle