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winter solstice | winter solstice

rosy-cole's picture
Dec.21.2013
  IF WINTER COMES 'In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.'  Albert Camus   April is the cruellest month, the poet says. Green shoots and blossoms make a mockery of winter's torpid isolation - the sky's sheen like old ceramic crazed...
louise-young's picture
Dec.21.2013
  Winter arrived early: silent, abrupt, and unquestioned, like the flight of a snowy owl.  The first snow fell with a dogged persistence, unrelenting, as if determined to annihilate any remaining vestiges of autumn.  Cold followed snow: an arctic high swept skies crystalline blue...
louise-young's picture
Dec.22.2011
  Today, on the first day of winter, the river is almost entirely sealed in ice.  The few stretches of open water -- black as midnight, long and attenuated with comet's tail seams of scarred new frost on either end -- are bordered by ice as thick as my wrist.  I stand less than a...
michael-seidel's picture
Dec.21.2011
So here it is, the great day arrived in the upper hemisphere, the shortest day of the year, when you're counting the hours of sunlight, although an article last year said, no, that's not true in our part of the world, the shortest day is still a few days away. But anyway, we rejoice! We have veggie...
annette-talbert's picture
Dec.19.2011
In the dark stillness, one receives the grace of renewal and the chance to become reacquainted with our soul's deepest desires, our true selves.In the ancient world, when winter darkness descended, people feared the sunlight would never return. So they built a giant bonfire on the shortest day of...
jeffrey-pierce's picture
Dec.14.2011
In our home, we celebrate Solstice during the winter holiday season. One of the most important things that we do for Solstice is that the gift giver has to tell the recipient WHY they are giving them the gift. For instance, my son Gavin wants to get in shape, is always wanting to spend more time...
red-room-well-red's picture
Dec.08.2011
The holidays are a time for fantasy, and all fantasies need special behind-the-scenes touches to sustain the magic. This week, please blog about that one ingredient—food-related or not—that you use to show your loved ones that this season is special. Please tag your post secret holiday ingredient...
mary-wilkinson's picture
Dec.22.2010
Twenty thousand ice stars stick to the glass in the back porch and frozen spiders' webs cling to the garden shed where once wind chimes sang in July. To step into the day calls for a brave soul. I am not brave.  I stand behind the frozen glass and grieve for dead horses in fields not far from here...
heather-koelle's picture
Dec.21.2009
As I look outside my window I see the sun's brightness reflected off the snow.  Icy wind blows thetree branches,clacking toghether against the sky.  the clouds scud  across a cobalt sky.  I know the coming night will be the longest of the year,the night of the winter solstice. Many people get...
d-allen-jenkins's picture
Dec.21.2009
As I write this, it is about an hour and fifteen minutes from the official arrival of winter. It is the shortest day of the year, which means of course that it is the day with the least amount of daylight. It is also the point of time in the yearly orbit of the earth around the sun when the earth...