That’s when the sun rose this morning over Vancouver.
Eight hours and nineteen minutes later at 4:28 p.m., the sun will set for the third time in 2017, starting an evening that will last fifteen hours and forty minutes.
I learn this from an app on my smartphone. It lets me click through a calendar to find out when the sun will outlast the moon; minute by minute, I tap out a year growing lighter, promising daily good things, like golden dawns and outdoor pools, to stretch those sunny days.
That is not a prediction, but a certainty. Earth will keep its promise of light following dark following light.
The gift of one new bright moment out of 1,440 minutes in a day has never felt so promising.