Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice

At 12:47 tonight, the very nadir of midwinter darkness arrives...the sun at its weakest point.

The fire's lit and candles burn. The Yule log works its magic.

Sting's new album, "If On A Winter's Night..." casts a spell.
Winter's the time for reflection, he says.
Introspection.
Contemplation.

Peace.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Journey to Bethlehem

We have a long, long way to go.
So let us hasten along the road,
the road of human tenderness and generosity.
Groping, we may find one another's hands in the dark.


--Emily Greene Balch

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Breath of Heaven: Snow

Norwegian Mountains High Above a Fjord

The first fall of snow is not only an event, but it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up to find yourself in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment, then where is it to be found?

--J.B. Priestley, Apes and Angels (1928)