MONDAY MAIL: Light up the night for Lughnasadh

August 4, 2013 

Older and older, and older, and always a little further out of the way, it's Monday Mail.

And everythng after

Today's opening is from the song "August and Everything After," by Counting Crows. It also includes the line, "They dress you up in white satin, and they give you your very own pair of wings," which reminds me of funerals.

We learned over the weekend that Connie Johnson, who long covered Columbus Council for the afternoon Ledger newspaper, back when we produced two dailies, recently died of injuries sustained in a car wreck.

It is a sad midsummer.

Halftime

In fact the summer is half over, as early August marks its midpoint, though we don't make as much of a fuss about it as we do midwinter, with all its Groundhog Day hoopla.

The early Scots and Irish marked this with hilltop first-harvest festivals that included competitions, romantic pairings and other pagan customs that sound like fun.

The Irish called it Lughnasadh, for the god Lugh, who kicked it off as a funeral feast for his goddess mother who died from clearing Ireland's plains for farming so St. Patrick could come in and drive out the snakes. Or something like that. We'll get the backstory when Marvel Comics makes Lugh one of the Avengers.

Just note that even though school's starting, already, the summer is but half done.

Night lights

Note also if it's not cloudy, again, the Perseid meteor shower that's to peak next week produces more fireballs than any other comet debris the Earth smacks into.

Researchers say that's because the stream of debris our planet plows into comes from a big Comet Swift-Tuttle, which has a nucleus 26 kilometers across. Do you know what that is in feet? Me neither.

Skywatchers should look for great balls of fire 10:30 p.m.-4:30 a.m. Aug. 12-13.

Hot dog

Like the Irish, let's end this midsummer-marking on a celebratory note. Who wants a Weiner?

Hi Tim,

Not sure if you heard or saw, but Anthony Weiner is going public about his alleged online affair with a 22-year-old woman -- AFTER he resigned from Congress -- is this something Bill would be covering? I have Robert Weiss … Sex Addiction and Infidelity expert who has written articles on Anthony Weiner's indiscretions as well as Tiger Woods' situation. He is the founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute and would be PERFECT to offer his expert opinion.…

Thanks!

Laura Maxey,

Account Executive,

5W Public Relations.

Dear Laura:

No. We're afraid that if Bill talks to an expert, he will recover sexually.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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