Solstice: The Reason for this Season

“In the depth of winter, I realized there was in me an invincible summer.” A. Camus For many, it’s a challenge to rationally honor the ancient, yearly symbolic rite that celebrates the suspension of the wheel and return of the sun. It’s harder still to embrace the likelihood that should no one celebrate solstice (Alban […]

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Beltane – 50 Shades of Spring

There is a poem fragment that repeats in my head yearly as days lengthen and landscapes metaphorically morph from bony hag to voluptuous maiden “…sun has won and spring’s begun, pushing through thawing soil, bonfires lit this night; elements delight…” Poetry predates psychotherapy, retail therapy, and solace via chocolate or alcohol. Poetry was and is […]

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To Ireland in the Coming Years*

As an annual Irish holiday approaches, celebrated and beloved worldwide by people of many nationalities, I recall a few pub fests I attended over the decades, always dressed in black. There was the green river/beer bacchanal in Chicago; the ‘isn’t it still Mardi Gras’ in New Orleans; the tooting the flute hootenanny in Great Falls, […]

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