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Winter Solstice

Shortest day, longest night,
not an equinox to see,
shortest day, longest night,
went outside with nerves at glee;

Shortest day, longest night,
hugged myself to feel some warmth, 61 more words


Will Spring Ever Get Here? Yes It Will.

With snow this weekend and another round of cold temperatures expected in coming weeks, it feels like spring will never get to Illinois. But it will arrive someday – I promise. 339 more words

Climate Monitoring

London Street Corner 360

The air is so cold it sears your throat; hands are tucked deep into pockets and chins buried in scarves.  

People are softened by the lights of festive-fantasy laden shop widows and the soft twinkling glow from seemingly magical lights suspended overhead.   90 more words

Brother Sun

Brother Sun has been growing since winter solstice . He greeted me so warmly this morning that I felt good at minus 22 Celsius without a tuque for several minutes! Warmth is winning!


My Amateurish Life

Shine a flashlight towards our closet’s back corner and you will see a cardboard box labeled, “Journals,” containing stacks of various notebooks I have chronicled since I was 10 years old. 549 more words

Cooking Club

Tang Yuan Get-together

One key dish or more correctly dessert that is popular around the Chinese New Year time is tangyuan 湯圓. It literally means soup with (floating) balls. 156 more words

Cantonese Cuisine

7 Health Benefits and 7 Magickal Properties of Pine

Pine essential oil (pinus sylvestris) is one of my favourite oils to use in massage blends for tired and aching muscles after a tough workout session or run but it has many more uses both for health and spellcasting. 316 more words