After the previous two winters being particularly nasty, with record amounts of snow and record cold temperatures, there was an intensified feeling of dread over this area of Michigan about the snow that arrived last night and is continuing through today. Continue reading
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Yes, it has taken this long to get around to posting about the Winter Solstice of 2014.
Recently I had read about a few different indigenous cultures that devoted weeks and even months to honoring their ancestors during the part of the year when the night is longer than the day as opposed to a single holiday. This idea intrigued me as well as soothed my frustrations when schedules and the weather simply did not add up to a satisfactory Samhain celebration for me this year. Continue reading
It’s March of 2014 already. Seems like we just had the new year, though I think the incessant snow skews one’s sense of time. Continue reading
This winter morning was a real treat in the midst of work and school stress. Going out in spite of the cold onto the deck to bask in the morning sun, the air was thick with glittering, cavorting ice crystals though there was not a cloud in the sky and barely a breeze. I do not possess the equipment necessary to capture and share this beauty, but thankfully someone on YouTube has. Enjoy!
These last few months have been a difficult winter for many. The arctic winds raced southward, ice thickened, and snow piled ever higher. After the last few very mild winters, the Cailleach seemed to be more than making up for lost time. Grumbled curses on the winter from the human peoples endlessly rumble from every road, every workplace, and every news station. Continue reading
(more pictures in a gallery below)
THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE
To recap, here’s what to do for the challenge. As always, feel free to adapt the challenge as you see fit. The object is to get you writing:
- Pick three original details from encounters during your day or your week that you’ve observed.
- Once you’ve collected your details, your “glimmers of a beginning,” write at least one paragraph containing your original details.