The longest day

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Today is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, at least the day on which the Earth’s axis tilts the most toward the Sun and which, as a result, is the longest of the year. The word solstice comes from the Latin: sol, or sun, and sistit, or stands, because, according to the Columbia Encyclopedia, for several days before and after each solstice the sun appears to stand still in the sky, i.e., its noontime elevation does not seem to change from day to day.

Today also seems like a good time to announce the impending arrival of a new Quo Vadis calendar that’s designed to help you plan your own longest days. The Horizon 7, which will include appointment space from 7 am to 9 pm, seven days a week, will be manufactured in 2008 for a 2009 calendar release (though it may be ready sooner than that).

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