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Hibernal Solstice

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A fair day in winter is the mother of a storm — English proverb

“Americans are quite out of touch with Nature, the reason for seasonal changes, and the importance of the Solstices. What is the common denominator that has all these religions vying for “their most important day” on or near Dec. 25th? It is the Winter Solstice. Humans have celebrated the Winter Solstice for millennia. It could be argued that the Winter Solstice is the single most influential and important event of the year. We’re hardwired to appreciate the end of short days and that day’s lengthening to more sun and longer days. Many holidays conform to this time and celebrate on or near Dec 25th. The Winter Solstice, Dec 21, and the Summer Solstice, June 21, are the most dramatic of the Natural Holidays. Many, many candles are lit on this shortest of nights, in many religions, in many countries, and in many customs outside of Christianity.”
_ Douglas Morrison

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
_ H. L. Mencken

Curious that the quotes of H.L. Mencken one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century ring true today.

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Rarely have I seen a Cooper’s Hawk soaring especially over a Red tail Hawk.

“We shall have our follies without doubt. Some one or more of them will always be afloat. But ours will be the follies of enthusiasm, not of bigotry. Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both. We are destined to be a barrier against the return of ignorance and barbarism.” –Thomas Jefferson to J. Adams, 1816.

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Our Solstice candle I purchased from a local Mexican Mart after seeing by chance the Pope’s Señora de Guadalupe service last week. Fascinating history!

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