Like the turning of the year, the return to Star Wars brings memories of past rituals (previous screenings; the much-maligned "Star Wars Christmas Special;" that plush Ewok you got that one year). It simultaneously gives us hope that, in each new trip to the theater, the bright light of the opening crawl will renew us again. It can make us what we think we were but have never really been.
So much was off-limits to me because of my culture and my traditional parents. I was not allowed to have sleepovers or sleep at anyone's house. When I wanted to skateboard, I was firmly told no. That was for boys. Besides, good girls stay home to mind their business, but boys could stay out because, well, they were boys. It was their birthright.
The summer solstice begins on June 21 at 6:51 am EDT, heralding the beginning of summer for the Northern Hemisphere. This day holds the most hours of sunlight that we will see in the entire year. Each of us has our own solstice, our own proportion of light and dark that make up the years, months, weeks, days and moments of our lives.
In 2011, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will occur on Dec. 22, 2011 at 12:30 a.m. EST. In North America, time zones that are west of t...