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We are a friendly group of people with mild to profound hearing loss who meet once a month for fellowship and to share information. We would love to meet you! Spouses, family members, and friends are welcome too!
The "dog days," one would think, were those summer days so devastatingly hot that even dogs would lie around on the asphalt, unmoving except for their panting. It is actually SIRIUS recognized as an interval of time from July 3rd to August 11th - a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence. Many people today use the phrase to mean something like that-but originally, the phrase actually had nothing to do with dogs, or even with the lazy days of summer. The "dog days of
summer" phrase comes from ancient Greek beliefs about a star. So, as it turns out, the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and
its position in the heavens (see the picture above).
It doesn't have to do with dogs lying around in the heat. The ancient Greeks thought of the constellation Canis Major as a dog chasing Lepus, the hare. The star Sirius is the dog's nose; the Greeks called it the "dog star." To the Greeks and Romans, the "dog days" occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a period that could bring fever, or even catastrophe.So what has that got to do with us?

Well, the heat can cause many health related issues. None of us are exempt. Here's a few suggestions:
1) Call on a friend or loved one daily to make sure they are okay

2) Take care of yourself. Don't think that you are used to the heat. It's surprising effects can sneak up on you! Don't be the dog chasing the hare. At least in this heat!

3) Recognize that heat can be felt not just by being in the sun, by radiating heat (such as something that's been in the sun - think vinyl seats on your old car), or even lack of air flow.

Keep in mind that even if the phrase did refer to dogs laying around, it's probably because the dogs had a good idea. Keep cool this summer.

Let me know what you think! Dennis Makins
HLAA Nashville Chapter
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
1003 Hickory Hill Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076-1906

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