Take a walk to look for trees (not evergreens) that still have dead and dried leaves clinging to them. Stand under them with your eyes closed and listen for the rustle of ‘leaf music’ as even the slightest breeze goes by. If you can reach one of these leaves, pluck it and feel it…doesn’t it feel like paper? Will the rest of them ever fall? Check on them as winter goes on.
Turning to Light
Boy, it sure gets dark early! By 3:30 it feels like the sun is already starting to set. I have noticed quite a few people remarking about this. Are we noticing it more this year than others? Do we, ourselves, feel darker inside us? Are we more sensitive or vulnerable because of the unfathomable Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, or the impact Hurricane Sandy had on all of us? Do we just forget from year to year? Is it payback for those long, lazy days of summer?
There’s no wonder that candles, lanterns, lights of different kinds play a big part in the festivals and special days celebrated at this time of year. I know that at my house we are lighting a fire almost every night in our fireplace, for physical as well as soul warmth. Some of us even sleep in the den at times, slowly closing our eyes with the crackling of flames and the drafts of heat.
Kids and adults love campfires. Can you find a spot near your home to make one: backyard, in the fireplaces or grills to be found in nearby parks? Even just a little one will do, made with branches and twigs, in a small fire circle made of stones. Outdoor fires are magic, with the embers flying up to the sky as if to become stars themselves. Your children may remember this fire forever. This bringing forth of one of the elemental forces and the fact that he/she did it with YOU!
The Winter Solstice, the first day of winter, is December 21st. Soon after that the amount of daylight increases daily and the sun’s path in the sky inches ever upward. About the third week of January is when many people start to notice and feel that there is a change, something is different, that there is once again a turning to light.
Our end of summer slide show!
We’ve left out the soundtrack, so you’ll just have to make up your own accompanying music or narration.
(The beginning of intermission has close to a minute of white space, so maybe just take a minute to breathe! And then on with the show…)
Pesto pizza, summer ‘smores, frozen hot chocolate and more! All the recipes from this summer’s cooking program, put together by the Chef herself.