In The Depth of the Season

Improvised Christmas Pageant, First Universalist Society, Burlington, Vt

Improvised Christmas Pageant, First Universalist Society, Burlington, Vt. The woman on the left is signing.

I hope you are enjoying a splendid Holiday Season, and that it continues for a few more days.We welcome your sharing about this Holiday Season.

We, as a family, celebrate Hanukkah, The Winter Solstice, and Christmas in all their complexity. During November and December we also acknowledge the die Kristallnacht on November 9th, remember our friends who died of AIDS on December 1st, and grieve for those lost at Wounded Knee, and at other Christmas timed massacres of First Nations people, on December 29th. As you might imagine, the Holidays for us are a deep blend of joy and sadness, celebration and grieving. Each year, this gumbo of emotion, memory, and signifier become richer, demanding more focused contemplation. Continue reading

The New Year: We Are Still Here!

The festival of New Year awakens us to the changing seasons. The days are longer; the sun rises higher in the southern sky, inching its way north. In an ordinary year, the cold would strengthen, then give way to thaw, before settling back in for the duration of the winter. This year, cold spells have been brief, and thaw has dominated. Continue reading