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Another Solstice

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Winter 2020 arrived at our location at 4:02 a.m. CST this morning. For all the action going on in the universe beyond our planet, this solstice phenomenon is just between the Earth and our sun. In the northern hemisphere, we are at the shortest day of the year. The hours of daylight will increase from now and grow for the next six months.

We are more than ready to be headed in this direction again. 2021 is not far off now.

During our midday walk around the property yesterday, it was very noticeable that the angle of sunlight was very low. Shadows were long. The amount of melting power on a clear day in December is greatly reduced as a result of that low angle.

Plenty of white remains over our land, albeit only a fraction of what would be considered worthy any winter sports endeavors.

This time of year brings the earliest in the evening that we venture down to close the chicken coop for the night. It’s a swing of between four and five hours from how late the process occurs in June.

Ahhh, June. I guess it’s a slip up from living in the moment if I am focusing on six months in the future but there is the added incentive of longing for a time when pandemic isolation isn’t the prime order of the day.

The highlight of our day yesterday came early, during our viewing of the CBS “Sunday Morning” broadcast. There were multiple segments of heartwarming value, not the least of which was the cover story, “Promoting the Power of Kindness.”

“Kindness is a power we all have. We just need to decide to use it.”

I couldn’t have said it any better than that. (You can click the image or the link above to view the 7:44 minute story.)

Be kind to someone today on this winter soltice.



Written by johnwhays

December 21, 2020 at 7:00 am