Taking a measure of time and progress ...
marking moments in time here in the Waterside
fugit! For time
immemorial humankind has attempted to measure time. Derived from
the Latin tempus, the very word temporal
~ meaning related to time ~ has a secondary definition associated
with the earthly, secular world, as opposed to that Eternal or sacred.
(This distinction has never precluded The
First Estate from leveraging its power and prowess to bring "order"
to the universal standard of timekeeping, however.)
Beyond the routine of daily doings ~ to keep pace with the heavens and earth ~ the Waterside movement marks moments in time using time-tested paradigms:
In turn, each timetable is calibrated with the other ~ each wheel and gauge interrelating ~ like some intricate timepiece. Use of the old style Julian calendar brings order to the unpredictable New England seasons and is used to mark the progress of the Waterside Plan in Motion.7 The lunar calendar reflects the cyclic changes in the moon and tides ~ which wane and wax, ebb and flow over (about and upon) the Waterside community and the Merrimack river and Plum Island shores: Time and tide wait for no one!
too, generations of the Waterside people come and go ~ leaving our temporal
mark on the landscape ~ influencing ventures (past, present and future)
in our wake ~ leaving stones, milestones and tombstones ~ and building
physical and figurative cairns to signify we have come this far. Within
a 30-year generation of the Waterside people, there are six 5-year terms
to conduct the civic process and progress of the Waterside Plan
in Motion). In a more fluid sense ~ at the Heavens' own pace
~ synchronized with Nature's seasons and the manmade Gregorian calendar
~ Once in a Blue Moon opportunities come
to pass with each 5-year term's beginning, middling and ending ...
1 An excellent source of "certain knowledge" about "Calendars through the Ages" can be found at this link without.
2 The phrase Keep(ing) Pace with the Heavens is inspired by the 1752 edition of Poor Richard's Almanack (link without) ~ in which Benjamin Franklin AKA Richard Saunders explains the conversion from the old style (Julian) calendar (introduced by Julius Caesar in 44-46 BCE) to the new style (Gregorian) calendar ~ which Britain and British colonials were to adopt that September. While most European nations readily accepted the Papal edict for calendar reform made by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 ~ by the time the British Parliament acquiesced (link without) ~ 11 days had to be excised from the British calendar to synchronize with the new style Gregorian. An interesting link without provides further insight about the situation at hand.
Citing the link
without (on Wikipedia.com) ~ it is interesting to note that the
atomic clock was unveiled in the mid-20th century ~ two centuries (more
or less) after the British Isles and its colonies accepted the conversion
from the old style (Julian) to the new style (Gregorian) calendar in
1752. And to take further note that ~ during that span of time ~ the
very first atomic clock was built in 1949 and the first accurate model
was fabricated in the United Kingdom in 1955, which then led to the
internationally agreed definition of the second being the basis of "atomic
The ITU scientists' proposal is also being reviewed by another group with some influence in this matter, associated with the International Astronomical Union (IAU). These findings will be reported when the XXVIth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union meets in Prague, Czechoslavakia from August 14- 25, 2006. However, there are those who consider the debate should be far more inclusive, since these leap effects such a broad spectrum.
[Not certain about the kind reader, but there is something comforting that one scientific group involved in this minutae coming up with decision-making still labels their conferences using Roman Numerals.]
4 In use when the Waterside was settled in 1644 and set off as a separate parish in the 1720s, the old style calendar was in use and the civil/legal year began on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation. Use of this new year began in parts of southern Europe by the 9th Century, speading throughout Europe and in England in the 12th Century. When Britain and its colonies accepted the new style Gregorian calendar in 1752, the modern practice of starting each new year on 1st January was accepted. In actuality, this "modernity" simply reverted to the Roman civil year which was in use until the 7th century. At that time, the Christian Church moved to use December 25th (Christmas Day) to mark the new year ~ which was widely used from the time of Bede (672 or 673 to 735 AD) until the 12th century. Further information about the conversion from the old style "Julian" calendar to the new style "Gregorian" calendar can be found at this link without.
Knowing Ones might well ruminate over the kernels of truth processed
by the gritty grindstone of The Fourth Estate. Citing insight Comity
had in the Newburyport (then Merrimack River) Current's article "Moon
walking" (link within)
and the "Afterglow" forwarded in a Motion of Comity (link
within) ~ with both seed (and chaff) throroughly
ingrained under footnotes and woven into the "Cloths
of Heaven" (link within). Plodding
through those footnotes, the kind reader will please tread softly ~
because you tread on dreams.
By turning the year each spring (March 25), this quarter-overlap offers
a degree of independence from the biennial local political cycle, with
its campaigns and elections on odd-numbered years, inaugurations on