New Years Eve Reflections

A lovely midwinter day, blue sky broken by high clouds. Cold, with the temperature hovering around -1 F and the wind chill far below zero. The deep snow cover enhances radiational cooling while protecting plants and underground infrastructure. Still, new pot holes appear in road surfaces daily.

It is New Years Eve. Now ten days have passed since the solstice and the light is noticeably stronger and the days longer. New Years acknowledges and celebrates these visible, and felt, changes. This year the cold has settled in with renewed fierceness, giving emphasis to the adage, “The days lengthen and the cold strengthens.” Continue reading

Notable Blogs: Autumn, Death, and Story (10/06/2011)

Welcome to this edition of Notable Blogs! In this edition we look at Autumn, explorations of death through ceremony, the power of stories, and the presence of Bear.

Autumn, here in the northern latitudes seems inevitably to bring us to the consideration of death. Saving Home took part in a shamanic death ceremony recently. She noted humor managed to insinuate itself into the proceedings ! Continue reading

Mid-December Morning

I have not had the time to blog for a few weeks. In the time that has passed, Winter has settled in. The days are chill, the nights cold. There are a few inches of snow on the ground. It’s eight a.m., and the sun has just risen over the hill behind our home.

The semester is over. Grades are in; students have headed home for the Holidays. The Solstice arrives Tuesday, along with family.  Christmas is less than a week away. Now, even in the rush of Holiday preparations, we are reminded to slow down and be receptive. To wait. Continue reading