Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Winter Solstice!


Today was not only the shortest day of the year, but also one of the coldest we’ve had around here this winter. The wind blew in these big bitter gusts, sending snow whipping around. The horses didn’t let that stop them from spending some time playing in the drifts and getting some exercise after being stuck in the barn all day yesterday.

One thing that makes this solstice especially interesting to me is that there are two full moons this month. The second one is a rare blue moon coming up on Dec. 31st, which seems like it should have some significance since we’re beginning not just a new year but a new decade as it travels across the sky.

Hopefully, it will bring a more positive, generous spirit to the year ahead. My favorite quote from the essays in “What Matters Most” was this one:

“If we listen only to those who are like us, we will squander the great opportunity before us: To live peacefully in a world of unresolved differences.”
David Weinberger, Harvard Beekman Center for Internet and Society

9 comments:

detroit dog said...

Great post, Victoria. And the photo is lovely.

It's a beautiful time of year.

Lori Skoog said...

I second that!

Have a great Christmas....

Kate said...

Looking forward to 2010 - have a happy holiday!

Wolfie said...

It is very cold here (-18 Celsius)! Gem has a very thick winter coat, thank goodness. Have a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for the New Year. Thank you for your supportive comments and I look forward to your 2010 posts.

Merry Christmas from Canada!

achieve1dream said...

Thanks for telling us about the blue moon. I had no idea. :) I'll be watching for it, camera at the ready!

Once Upon an Equine said...

Interesting about the blue moon. I would like to see that. I look forward to winter solstice for the promise of longer daylight to follow.

Kerry said...

But it doesn't take long before you can notice the lengthening days! Spring will be here before you know it.
Happy Holidays!

Cezanne Ryerson said...

Victoria, My name is Cezanne Ryerson and I remember you and Silk from Far West Farms! I'm glad to see you're doing so well with your dear friends. Keep up the good work!

Victoria Cummings said...

Hi Cezanne! I remember you too - hope you are doing well. Thanks for visiting my blog.