Today we observe the Autumnal Equinox, the astronomical start of fall in the northern hemisphere. The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus, meaning equal and nox, meaning night. Today at 1:02 pm Saskatchewan time the sun crosses the celestial equator and summer has left the building. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. We tend to refer to autumn as fall and I’m not sure why. I don’t think it’s because the leaves fall from the trees, or is it? There are many definitions of the word “fall” in my 1974 pocket edition of Miriam-Webster’s dictionary that I have in my desk.
Taxes are a fact of life. It’s getting to where the list of products or services we use that we don’t pay tax on is getting shorter all the time. There’s no tax involved for example when selling a pre-owned residential house, most medical and dental services, many educational services, most goods and services provided by charities, to name a few. And there are things that are theoretically taxable but the tax rate is zero such as basic groceries and prescription drugs.
Apparently thousands of Albertans want to stay on the same time all year. The provincial government introduced a Bill called the Alberta Standard Time Act that would scrap the time change in the fall meaning Alberta would remain on Mountain Daylight Saving time year-round.
The 90 year-old poem “Desiderata” which is Latin for “Things Desired” goes like this: “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
The prose poem Desiderata was written in 1927 and made famous in popular culture in the early 1970’s when Les Crane released a spoken-word recording of it that made Top 10 on the charts in Canada, the U.S., the UK and Australia. The text of the poem was widely distributed in poster form as well. Leonard Nimoy recited it on his 1968 album, “Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy” calling it “Spock Thoughts”. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, in response to his government losing the 1972 federal election reassured the nation with a line from the poem, “the universe is unfolding as it should”. Actor Morgan Freeman when interviewed in 2012 by Oprah Winfrey expressed how deeply the poem Desiderata shaped his life.