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A Thought or Two About Winter

From last year. I haven’t actually seen the first flake of snow this season. But, I have seen the magnificent winter night sky full of stars and the clearest of winter moons. It’s a season with its own rather stark beauty.

“In winter, the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity” (John Burroughs).

It has been a mostly unseasonably warm fall and winter (so far) until the last few days, enjoyable for activities and the heating bill, not so great environmentally. Going out to get groceries and gas this morning, I wore my heavy coat for the first time since last February or March. I realized how much I truly dislike wearing a winter coat. Yes, I was plenty warm, but I felt like a stuffed bear getting in and out of the car wearing that bulky garment.

Nonetheless, grateful for a beautiful day, warmth, and a trunk full of food, I headed home, where I will fill the bird feeders and set out a new squirrel feeder loaded with corn. I finally gave in, in hopes of giving the birds a little peace. We’ll see how that goes. Enjoy your Saturday!

And, here’s a blast from the past for you: Winter and the Faith of a Pantheist



“In all things we should try to make ourselves be as grateful as possible…” (Seneca), from today’s Daily Stoic reading.

I’m grateful I could spend the holiday weekend with one of my daughters and a close friend and granddog, Beau.  We ate, laughed, talked. Had hot chocolate with peppermint sticks, worked on puzzles, had a fire outside and enjoyed weather that was really too good for December, and took two good walks.  We watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Scrooged, and A Christmas Story.  Coming in one night from looking at Christmas lights downtown, we looked up, and the sky was filled with stars…gave me goosebumps.  There are always stresses, but there’s also always something to be grateful for, and for me, it’s these simple, beautiful things.