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Jack – Motorcyclist

Light One Candle

It's darkening quickly here, the way it does in winter. All the lights are on. Since our wood stove won't accommodate a log sized to the Jol (Yule) tradition, we get by on recycled slag glass fixtures, a string of penguin lights gifted by friends in the front window, and boudoir table lamps twinkling cheerfully through antique beaded shades. And candles. So many candles... Tonight we start up our annual family practice, adding a candle (sometimes two) each night throughout what began as a stark grieving practice but which has since warmed … [Read More...]

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Darkly Dawns the Solstice

I wrote this a couple of years ago, from entirely as dark a place as is implied by its title. Today, though I find myself broken and struggling in my body, and struggling yet more with the suffering of family and friends who deserve so much better, I often find myself repeating to my friends my own startled epiphany that I'm happier than I've ever been. And also everything in here is as true as it ever was, as true as I could tell it, and will never again be untrue. ================================================== She’s a brave … [Read More...]

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