Saturday, February 29, 2020

It's Leap Year Day

30 days hath September, April, June and November; all the rest have 31 excepting February alone, which has 28 days clear and 29 in each Leap Year.

Today is an ephemeral ghost . . .A strange amazing day that comes only once every four years.  For the rest of the time, it does not "exist."  In mundane terms, it marks a "leap" in time, when the calendar is adjusted to make up for extra seconds accumulated over the preceding three years due to the rotation of the earth.  A day of temporal tune up.  But this day holds another secret - it contains one of those truly rare moments of delightful transience and light uncertainty that only exist on the razor edge of things, along a buzzing plane of quantum possibility . . . A day of unlocked potential.  Will you or won't you? Should you or shouldn't you?   Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself.  Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability.

- Vera Nazarian
The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Leap Year contains a special day, a bonus day, that is added to the Gregorian calendar so that it will be aligned with the astronomical year.  That day is February 29th and it is added to the shortest month of the year.

Happy Birthday to all Leap Year babies today.  Since February 29th comes around once every four years, it is uncommonly rare to have this birthday. The odds are  A  person has just a one in 1,461 chance of being born on that day, according to the BBC.  The reason is that four years equals 1,460 days and the addition of one day for the the Leap Year makes it 1,461.

Three out of every four years, Leap Year babies have the choice of celebrating their birthday on February 28th or March 1st.

Some Leap Year Babies

Antonio Sabato Jr., Italian-American soap opera actor, born February 29, 1972

Ja Rule (Jeffrey Atkins), American rapper, born February 29, 1976

Dinah Shore, American singer, television talk show host, born February 29, 1916, died February 24, 1994

Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker, author, born February 29, 1960

Dennis Farina, American actor, born February 29, 1944, died July 22, 2013

Henri Richard, Canadian hockey player, NHL star, born February 29, 1936

- Joanne