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Hello, Darkness

Samain                                   Moon of the Winter Solstice The holidays.  We’ve got no decorations up.  No Christmas or other holiday music plays here.  We did all of our shopping online. When I was at Best Buy a week or so […]

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Socialized Medicine, Here I Come

Samain                      Moon of the Winter Solstice The end of the day.  Sunday.  Used to go to sleep on Sunday night with Monday whirring away, chattering and buzzing, cutting a channel through my attempts to sleep.  Now I go to sleep on Sunday night.  That’s all. Granddaughter Ruth has the makings of a cook.  Maybe.  Her […]

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Yeah, You Betcha

Samain                        Moon of the Winter Solstice Went out on an errand this afternoon as the sun began to set.  At 4:00 pm.  When I hit Round Lake, I saw a car in the rear view.  It had something on top.  A Christmas tree.  We have one of the metro’s favorite cut your own tree places […]

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Missing Spirit

Winter                                                            Waning Moon of the Winter Solstice Wondered if I was missing something.  Turned on the radio to 99.5 and listened to Christmas music, classical variety.  As I just to wrote to my brother and sister, there is some residual Methodist wandering around in my head, recalling those nights in the church on John Street, […]

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Yo, Yo, Yo

Winter                                                Full Moon of the Winter Solstice (from yesterday) Yo, yo, yo.  Merry Christmas.   My stocking today brimmed over with absolutes and passive periphrastics.  Show you how far I am from school.  I’m doing the optional exercises in the back of Wheelock and bought a workbook so I’ll have even more.  Why?  Want to learn […]

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Winter’s Loon

Samhain                                       Waxing Moon of the Winter Solstice It’s the best time of the year.  Ring a ling, ring a ling, ring a ling.  Yes, because the woods are lovely, dark and deep.  And because we have promises to keep.  It’s the best time of the year. I’m no Christmas curmudgeon.  The lights and the cheeriness […]

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Black Friday

Samhain                                                   Waning Thanksgiving Moon Kate had to tell me, again, what black Friday means.  Apparently (and you probably already know this) it’s the date retailers calculate they slip over from being in the red to being in the black.  When I have trouble remembering something, it’s often because I have another association clogging up the […]

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Holiseason: The Sacred Walks Among Us

Samhain                                           Waxing Thanksgiving Moon Holiseason has gotten underway with the usual signs:  bare trees, halloween candy going stale in the bowl, Santa Claus and Christmas music showing up well before Thanksgiving, a few turkey related cartoons.  The concentrated portion of holiseason begins with Thanksgiving and runs with little stopping through January 6th, the Feast of […]

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Photocentrism

Fall                                              New (Harvest) Moon OK,I made this up.  Photocentrism is a focus on the virtue of light that, by implication, puts darkness in a negative or bad relative position.  Just because I made it up, however, does not mean I’m joking.  The context:  the docent annual meeting today and the presentation of a new December […]

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We wait.

Winter                                      Waxing Moon of Long Nights SCATTERED AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF 20 INCHES PROBABLE. THIS EVENT MAY BECOME COMPARABLE TO THE HALLOWEEN SNOW STORM OF 1991 Yes, we have the occasional tornado and derecho.   Those are the most damaging and scary weather phenomena that visit us, wrecking their way through country side and towns and […]

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