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Halfway through the Dark


Take heart – we’re halfway through the dark. No matter how bleak it seems, we’re halfway through the dark. We are a nation divided, yet we are still a nation. We have been shaken to our Constitutional core, but we still have a Constitution. I won’t assume that you and I see the same causes […]

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We All Celebrate the Light and Need to Honor the Dark


Bright Solstice Everyone! This year, the solstice is today, December 21, and marks the start of Yule; Hanukkah starts on December 24, Christmas is December 25 and Kwanzaa starts December 26. The solstice is typically December 21 or 22, but since 1900, Hanukkah has coincided with Christmas Eve or Christmas Day only 7 other times […]

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Celebrate Light and Dark


Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, Yule, New Year all celebrate the return of light out of a time of darkness. Even though winter starts today in the northern hemisphere, from this day forward, every day will be a little longer. The sun will rise a few minutes earlier and set a few minutes later each day. The […]

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Writers Gift: Darkness Is as Much a Gift as Light


We can find significant gifts in darkness. Just as seeds sprout in the darkness underground, creative insight requires a time of not knowing and wandering lost in the dark. You can’t become enlightened if you haven’t traveled through darkness. You can’t write satisfying fiction or memoir if your characters don’t face the darkness in the […]

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