Monthly Archives: December 2013

UNREAD NEWS OF BYGONE DAYS

Tomorrow brings New Year’s Eve, followed by the calendar year 2014. The old Romans had a god — Janus — for whom our month of January is named. He had two faces looking in opposite directions, one forward, one backward. … Continue reading

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LEAVING OUR DAILY LIVES TO RETURN ANEW: ROBERT FROST’S BIRCHES

There are few trees so beautiful in the snow of winter as the birch, with its paper-white bark highlighted with slashes of black. The American poet Robert Frost wrote a very well-known poem about birches in winter. Reading it is … Continue reading

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KEEPING THE SEASON WELL

Every year about this time I like to re-post this: Winter, as I have written earlier, is the most austere season of the year. Because of that, it is a time when contrasts have great significance — warmth amid cold, … Continue reading

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GLAD YULE!

In two days — December 21st — comes Great Yule, the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. ┬áIt is the bottom of the Wheel of the Year, the point at which the forces of Yang are at their … Continue reading

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PERCHTENLAUF: MOTHER NATURE IN WINTER’S HARSHNESS

I do not want to let another holiday season pass without talking a bit about the Perchtenlauf. If you have never heard of it, that is because it is an old winter tradition kept in the mountains of southern Germany, … Continue reading

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