“Yule Blood,” republished from Walhydra’s Porch, 12/23/2008

Banner: Bright red Yule bow against black background.

Note by the Amanuensis: Around Winter Solstice 2008, we were in the early throes of the global financial collapse that persecuted many people in the many ways over the next decade or so.

At Winter Solstice 2023, we are in the early throes of a global war.  We might as well call it that, since every part of the world is impacted by the brutal wars going on every where else.  And since climate collapse likely will stir more and

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Advent

"Lights, 2014" by Mike Shell

The world groans.

She cries out under
+++++heartless regimes
+++++propped up by fearful,
+++++hungry people.

The powerless
+++++are driven into homeless exile
+++++in the very battlefields they fled.
Broken,
+++++with their children
+++++stolen from them.

Other ages were more hopeful.

But ours
+++++sees only end times
+++++and flails back

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Winter mammals

“Walden pond ice,” from Rimager’s Walden album on flickr

There’s something wrong with
how we do winter, making it
the busiest time of year. Our calendar

Is all wrong. Yes, the sun
starts back
on the solstice,
but that just means
we should be rolling over in our sleep
and waiting for spring.

Why—though the empire insist—
do we stay above ground,
scurrying around
as

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Observing Winter Solstice

Modern Friends are sometimes challenged by the early Quaker tradition of eschewing religious and secular holidays.

We live in a sacred tension.

Our faith and practice call us to attend to the Divine, not to be distracted by outward forms of worship or of the larger culture in which we live. However, the truest bonds of family and culture call us to attend to those shared memories and traditions which give collective meaning to our lives.

How do we

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