Veteran’s Park, Monterey, California


“A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight.” ~ James Joyce, “The Dead”

The winter solstice is nature’s ancient marker of the holiday session, the undisputed original winter celebration. I can’t help but think of it as the grand return of the sun, a time to plan for spring. What seeds should I plant this year, and what would I like to harvest next fall? But of course, that’s only true because I live in the north, with the southern hemisphere in the throes of summer, looking forward to the cooler days of Autumn. There’s something pleasing about bringing these two ideas together, the winter and summer solstice happening at the same exact moment.

The winter solstice is a time to embrace the changing sessions, the spinning of the planets, and a time to align with Earth’s natural rhythms. It’s an occasion for reflection and renewal, a reminder of our relationship with nature and each other. I see the solstice as an opportunity to understand our connection with all life and the importance of living in harmony with our environment.

The winter solstice is also an occasion to express gratitude for the gifts of nature. It’s a time to recognize our dependence on the natural world for sustenance, comfort, and inspiration. This gratitude nurtures a deeper connection with our Mother Earth and a greater sense of our responsibility to protect her.

This holiday session, I invite you to take a walk in a park or spend some time in the woods and reflect on your relationship with the natural world. I think you’ll come away with a special holiday treat.