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Re: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
« Reply #200 on: December 22, 2015, 03:02:02 am »
Like every year, I'm happy that the darkest day of the year is now behind us! :)

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Re: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
« Reply #201 on: December 22, 2015, 09:13:14 am »
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
BY Robert Frost (1922)

Whose woods these are I think I know.  
His house is in the village though;  
He will not see me stopping here  
To watch his woods fill up with snow.  

My little horse must think it queer  
To stop without a farmhouse near  
Between the woods and frozen lake  
The darkest evening of the year.  

He gives his harness bells a shake  
To ask if there is some mistake.  
The only other sound’s the sweep  
Of easy wind and downy flake.  

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,  
But I have promises to keep,  
And miles to go before I sleep,  
And miles to go before I sleep.

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Re: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
« Reply #202 on: December 22, 2015, 09:25:27 am »
(The weather we're having here, it feels more like the spring equinox.  :P )

You got that right.  The temps here for Christmas Eve are predicted for 70.  :o


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
« Reply #203 on: December 22, 2015, 10:25:51 am »
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
BY Robert Frost (1922)

Thanks, Paul. I love that poem.

And may Boston have a dearth of snowy evenings this season.  :)
"It is required of every man that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide."--Charles Dickens.

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Re: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
« Reply #204 on: December 22, 2015, 10:27:18 am »
Like every year, I'm happy that the darkest day of the year is now behind us! :)

I wish I'd thought to light a candle, or something, last evening. Just because. But I didn't think of it.  :(
"It is required of every man that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide."--Charles Dickens.

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Re: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
« Reply #205 on: December 22, 2015, 10:28:57 am »
Thanks, Paul. I love that poem.

And may Boston have a dearth of snowy evenings this season.  :)

Thanks, Jeff.  I hope Philly is spared, too.

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Re: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
« Reply #206 on: December 22, 2015, 10:39:42 am »
Thanks, Jeff.  I hope Philly is spared, too.

Thanks. I think we will be.

I keep hearing people--mainly my father--saying things like, "Oh! Watch out for January and February." But I don't think so.

I'd like to know the location of the jet stream. I was thinking about this, this morning. You keep hearing, "El Nino this" and "El Nino that," but I seem to remember "they" used to talk about El Nino's influence on the location of the jet stream. If the jet stream is positioned such that it's pulling air up from the south over the East Coast, then we should have a mild, open winter.
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Re: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
« Reply #207 on: December 22, 2015, 07:15:58 pm »
Lovely, evocative image of Stonehenge.  :)
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Re: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
« Reply #208 on: December 23, 2015, 09:54:20 am »


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Happy Imbolc!
« Reply #209 on: January 26, 2016, 10:48:07 am »
Can spring be far behind?

Imbolc originated as a Gaelic festival that celebrated the beginning of spring. Until today, it falls at the midpoint between the winter and spring equinox, usually around Feb. 1. The word “imbolc” refers to sheep's milk in Old Irish. During ancient times, lactating ewes represented one of the first signs of spring.
May 2019 be better for us all.