Ringing in the New Year! (from summer solstice sunset bell ringing at Chapel of the Chimes)
The dailybell project/practice has been quietly amazing- despite the bells.
Each New Year's Eve, I have decided to recommit to the daily observation of the sunrise and sunset, and this year is no different. The original premise- that it is possible to affirm our connection to one another and to the natural through participation in a shared, elemental experience hasn't changed.
However, as each new year dawns, I like to come up with a different way to share the project. 2016 is a leap year, as was 2008 when the project began. It seems mildly auspicious and a good excuse to propose something major.
SO--Would you consider a daily practice of sunrise and/or sunset watching yourself?
There are only 2 things you need-
1. Keep this link handy
2. Remember to stop for a minute or so when the time comes.
There are many ways to go about it. Quietly as a personal practice. Invite friends (and strangers) to join you. In public or privately.
Eight years may sound like a long time, but as far as the dailybell goes, it's been oddly timeless.
Finally, for anyone who is interested in participating but doesn't want to commit to a daily practice, I am setting up a monthly calendar on this blog and on the dailybell sunwatch FB page. Each month, I will issue a different challenge/invitation for observing the sunrise/sunset that you might enjoy performing.
Happy New Year! Brenda
PS- Here's a photo from the first sunrise at the beginning of the project on Jan 1, 2008
Links of Interest
- dailybell Facebook page
- Equinox vs Equilux- ever wonder?
- Brenda's website
- Sunrise Sunset Calendar
- Solstice audio recordings from around the world
- FAQ's about the Earth's Rotation
- Ask an Astrophysicist
- Huna Wisdom
- environmental awareness ringing endorsement
- December Sun Watchers AUDIO ARCHIVE
- Daily Radio - December Sun Watching Schedule
- Baylink Bus Schedules
- Golden Gate Ferry Schedules
- Hiroshima Peace Bridge
- Total Solar Eclipse in China- 8/1/08
- Equinox Information
- Map of California Fires June 2008
- Manhattan Stonehenge 5/28/08 PM
- Summer Solstice Information
- Meridian Interns' Videos
- NY Times article - No Quasimodo... 2/8/08
- More Equinox Info
- Adria recommends this book about El Camino Bells
- Adria's link to info about El Camino Bells
- Anti-Salvation Army?
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Ringing in the New Year! (from summer solstice sunset bell ringing at Chapel of the Chimes)
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 4:01 PM
Friday, December 18, 2015
December 18, 2015.
Sunset 4:52 PM. Oakland, CA
We’ve passed the dip into the earliest sunset and are on our way up! However the sunrise is still outpacing the sunset, also moving later each day- so the daylight continues to shrink. But only for a few more days. We can almost hold our breath now.
In the meantime: here's a chance to celebrate the sunset at Fairyland in Oakland with the Pacific Boychoir.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 10:30 PM
Sunday, November 29, 2015
November 29, 2015.
Sunset 4:52 PM. San Francisco, CA
The light is coming!
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 9:50 PM
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
October 29, 2015
Sunset 6:15PM. Alameda, CA
Farewell my dear friend. I'd hoped to find or be somewhere nice at sunset this evening, but I was in my car in an unfamiliar neighborhood- So this is it- an ordinary street on the first sunset with no Sally in the world.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
September 27, 2015.
Sunset 7:01 PM. San Francisco
Today was the day- Sunrise and sunset were both at 7:01-
slicing the day in half.
I lured Norman and my nephew Paul from Montana up onto the roof with the expectation that we would all see the partially eclipsed blood moon rising opposite the sunset this evening. Too bad there were all those buildings and trees in the way. The plan was to watch the sun set into the ocean (fog along the horizon obscured that) and then to turn around and see what would have been a 3/4 eclipsed moon rising behind us.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 11:22 PM
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
September 23, 2015. San Francisco
Sunrise 6:58 AM Sunset 7:07 PM
Fall Equinox (equal day and night at the equator). At this latitude, however, we still have a few extra minutes of light. Our day of equal light and darkness- the Equilux- arrives on the 26th or 27th depending on the source. Stay tuned.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Sunset 8:04 PM. August 15, 2015
How many times has the sun set during your lifetime so far?
Norman was born on August 14, 1945,the day Japan surrendered to the Allies. We celebrated his birthday this evening while he was out enjoying one of his favorite things: driving around in his car.
Happy 70th Birthday and Happy 25,568th Sunset!
Monday, July 13, 2015
Sunset 6:00 PM. July 2, 2015
Quepos (near Manuel Antonio), Costa Rica
|From Joe: Here’s where I was standing-|
Joe was one of my brother's best friends, and they spent many a wild day together in their youth before setting down to family life. We have stayed in touch since my brother passed away several years ago, and here is a sunset Joe sent from a recent family trip to Costa Rica.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 2:17 PM
Friday, July 3, 2015
July 3, 2015. Sunset 8:31 PM
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Sunset 8:34 PM. Oakland, CA
June 21, 2015
ckusalsa from YouTube shot a better quality video than I did so I hope they don't mind my sharing it here. The whole evening was amazing. Many thanks to Sarah Cahill and all the other performers who made it possible.
And hooray and thanks to all who participated in the sunset bell ringing. What a fabulous noise!!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Beginning today and for the next 9 days, the sunrise will be at its earliest moment for the year (at this latitude). By the Solstice, it will already have been rising later, squeezing daylight away from the morning side of things.
Friday, May 1, 2015
May 1, 2015
Sunrise 6:15 AM.
Although it may seem trivial or silly in the light of the tremendous weight and darkness and horror of what is happening in the world, Lucy, my goldfish of 20 years passed away recently. She outlived 2 companions, several tumors and spent the last year and a half partially paralyzed from a stroke. An enthusiastic eater and cheerful companion to the end - we miss her.
Sunset 7:59 PM
The Cardew Choir celebrated their 14th Anniversary with a concert this evening at Berkeley Arts. Named in honor and in the spirit of Cornelius Cardew, the ensemble is deeply committed to values of community and egalitarianism and May Day is an especially significant day as it commemorates International Workers Day. As always, I enjoyed the ensemble’s well-rehearsed performances and commitment to their original ideals and inspiration. Many thanks for beginning the evening with a sunset bell ringing!
Sunday, April 26, 2015
April 25, 2015.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 9:53 PM
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Monday, April 6, 2015
April 6, 2015
Sunset 7:24 PM. Brooklyn, NY
Even though I announce the time and call it the sunrise- it’s really the sunset. 7:24 AM happens in deep, dark winter. And today felt like the tipping point into Spring- No buds on the trees yet and I know there will be one more snowfall this month (there always is) but it felt great!
I love these bells.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
March 18, 2015
Sunrise and Sunset 7:04. Brooklyn, NY
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 8:35 PM
Sunday, March 8, 2015
March 8, 2015
Sunset 7:09 PM. San Francisco, CA
Well, this is the first of many sunsets in what has become the predominant time schedule for the year. Every year brings an outcry to kill off the sudden jolt to DST. However, as we now spend almost 8 months of the year observing Daylight Savings Time, while making only a brief nod to what used to be Standard time during the darkest days of the year, it doesn’t seem very likely we will stop.
I do like the idea of a smooth, continuous cycling through the year- with no abrupt changes. But, which way would we go? Where would we stay? In Standard Time with earlier sunsets in the summer? I really enjoy those late night twilights. Or in Daylight Savings Time, where if we maintained it during the winter, it would still be dark at 8:00 in the morning.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
March 4, 2015
Sunset 6:05 PM. Woodside, CABesides the revolution in reproductive freedom for women, the work and legacy of Carl Djerassi continues to make many things possible- including this gentle moment. Pauline Oliveros makes this sunset offering during a gathering at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program as part of the 20th anniversary of Other Minds.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
February 15, 2015
Sunset 5:34PM. Lambertville, NJ
Sitting in same chairs. Watching same TV. Dog still sleeping. What's changed? It's much colder outside. The sunset is 45 minutes later. There are 3 of us (besides the dog) ringing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (instead of Blue Bloods).
Monday, February 2, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
Sunset 4:58 PM. Lambertville, NJ
Just sharing a quiet moment at sunset in New Jersey with my dad, his friend’s poodle and Blue Bloods.
PS- If you would like to subscribe to the dailybell this year by contributing your own observations, please let me know by leaving a comment here. I will add you as an author to that blog and you can post as often as you like.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 11:38 PM
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Today is the beginning of the 8th year of the dailybell!
This year, I would like to invite you to subscribe to the dailybell by making a non-monetary contribution.
This subscription is one where you contribute by pledging a day or series of days to observe and share a sunrise and/or sunset of your own. All you need to do is observe the sunrise/sunset of your choice and share it in some way.
If you like, you can let me know that you would like to subscribe and I will add your name to those with posting privileges. Then you can post it yourelf, directly to the dailybell subscription blog. Please include at least the date, time and location. Any other information would be great!
Or you may want to share/post it with other dailybell observations on the dailybell sunwatch page on Facebook (if you have an account).
THE SUBSCRIPTION PLANS:
1 day per year- good plan for commemorating a birthday, anniversary or dedication
1 day per month- a nice way to track the seasons and change of light
1 day per week- dedicated practice
As often or infrequently as you like
If you would like to be a regular contributor and would like a reminder, please let me know.
Sunrise Sunset Calendar: Type in your location and it will tell you the times the sun rises and sets wherever you are.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 3:31 PM