Solstice And Holidays

Coming Home,
Photo by David P Clemens, 2016, used with permission

The best thing one can do
when it’s raining is to let it rain.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


It has been a long time since I’ve written a blog post or anything else for that matter. I have been going through a long spell of grief over the past few weeks. Today however I realized that since yesterday the daylight hours are getting longer again and within a few months life will be rampant in my yard and world again. Then I started thinking about solstice.  It has always seemed to me it should be spelled “soulstice” since the changing of the seasons seems to have such a powerful effect on many of us.

Life is thickly sown with thorns,
and I know no other remedy
than to pass quickly through them.
The longer we dwell on our misfortunes,
the greater is their power to harm us.

– Voltaire


Usually I’m no so affected by the winter doldrums but this year a close family member died in early December and left me and the rest of our family reeling with the grief and loss. I’ve tired knitting, crocheting, baking, being with other and yet the doldrums seem to hang on. I know that at some point in time, I’ll be better and things will become more normal, I’ll be happier, life will go on.

The best way to cheer yourself up
is to try and cheer somebody else up.

– Mark Twain


Today, when I saw my Cracked poster, I thought I’d let you know that I will be fine–just not today.  This reminds me of Louise Penny and her character Ruth, the crusty old poet, who defines fine in capital letters:

Fucked up.


What I want to do today is to wish you and your family and friends Happy Holidays no matter what holidays you celebrate during the winter. Happiness with family is where love expresses the deeply profound effects on our souls of being alive in this here and this now.

Many Bright and Cheery Blessings
To you and your family and friends!



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