Friday, December 21, 2007

At long last... The 2007 Winter Solstice

I have been putting off writing my "Christmas / year-end-2007 review", mostly because I've been hoping for some resolution to my candidacy at the University of Massachusetts... but alas it's obvious that the Winter Solstice is upon us, Christmas is all but here... so I feel like putting a stake in the ground and starting this blog article now... Likewise, I couldn't decide between using my own pictures of the huge amount of snow we've got in the back yard, vs. one of the marvelous Winter Solistice pictures I've seen recently. But rather than making a choice, here you see my two finalists. They both show the bleakness of a typical Dec 21st day — the epidome of why I celebrate "the returning of the light".

When I started this posting, the 2007 Winter Solstice was to strike officially in about 8 hours... now it just happens to be that time; right now marks "Sat., Dec. 22, 2007, 1:08 A.M. EST" — the yearly juncture when the returning of the light begins. And that is what we celebrated tonight at our Unitarian church in Groton, Ma. Just like we did last year, we acknowledged our place in the universe by giving thanks for nature, celebrating the 2007 Winter Solstice with song and dance. Not unlike Yom Kippur, we "cast the black stone" into the past, and made commitments to carry forward the white stone — symbolic of the positive force we are moving into, in our lives.

So... why my song?      (left, on YouTube)
Because Carolyn McDade's "Spirit of Life" has long been my UU favorite. It makes present my faith... So I made this recording to give to my family as my 2007 Christmas Present !

1 comment:

Nanci Phelan said...

Thanks so much for your song and well written blog article Kevin. Interesting that what goes around comes around .... and there you are looking like Dad posting pictures that look like Pigeon Lake in the winter. But you have the voice of an angel and how lovely to share that with me when live so far apart and spending another Christmas without each other. However I have great memories of our last Christmas with all the family. I loved your solstice idea for this entry. You are so very creative. I hope as the days get shorter that your spirits will remain high and you will align with just the right new job for your many talents. Thanks for being my brother. love Nanci