Category Archives: The Seasons

First Day of Spring

Here in the Pacific Northwest, spring is well underway. Crocuses are up, the trees are leafing out, and this delicious morning I found my first morel of the season. But not so elsewhere.  This poem is for readers and friends … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice 2014

Yesterday was the summer solstice. Though I ordinarily post something on the day of the equinoxes and solstices, yesterday I abandoned all to-dos and surrendered to the sweet idleness of the longest day of the year. In our corner of Oregon the weather was beautiful: … Continue reading

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Spring Equinox 2014: On New Beginnings

Was it light? Was it light within? Was it light within light? Stillness becoming alive, Yet still? A lively understandable spirit Once entertained you. It will come again. Be still. Wait. – from Roethke’s poem, “The Lost Son” Be still … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice 2013: Letting Go

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. –Havelock Ellis Today the sun stands still (sol-stice means sun-stopped) at the southernmost point of its journey—the Tropic of Capricorn—before heading northward again. For a … Continue reading

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Autumn Equinox 2013: The Seasons of Life

Sunday, September 22nd was the autumnal equinox, the day when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator on its way south to the tropic of capricorn. The winter solstice marks the sun’s arrival at this southernmost point on its … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice 2013

The summer night is like a perfection of thought. -Wallace Stevens Here in the Pacific Northwest today marks the first night of summer and the longest day of the year. (In other places the solstice may be tomorrow.) Today the … Continue reading

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Spring Equinox 2013

Happy first day of spring. How welcome this season of birth and renewal! Today the sun travels—as it appears to the eye—past the equator on its way 23.5 degrees north to the tropic of cancer, where it celebrates the summer solstice … Continue reading

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