Last night I learned that the date at which the Earth begins to move further away from the Sun in the course of its orbit is called perihelion, and that at the time of this writing, we have been moving away from our star for 26 hours. Next year, perihelion will be on the 5th of January. At the next leap year, it'll be on the 2nd.
Gaia has been around a great while longer than the Gregorian calendar, and She'll orbit as She damn well pleases, thank you very much.
This is what has been on my mind as I consider the decade that I'm calling the 20-'aughts.
In a few words, it kicked my ass and introduced me to some great people.
I'd like to try and find terms of truce with this new one.