Other than criminals, the elderly are the only people who are routinely kept in residential custody in the post-industrial world. The massive, brick edifices of the nineteenth century that housed the parentless, the impoverished, the mentally ill, and the disabled closed their doors permanently in the twentieth century. Residential schools for Indigenous children in North America, Australia, and New Zealand were finally shuttered, once and for all, a couple of decades ago and good riddance to those awful places.
Hidden life beneath the snow and ice… How many of us have seen vole and mouse trails under the snow? They are hidden now, but with a careful eye you might see them when the start to appear as the snow melts. I don’t know what determines how many trails they make. Do you? Some years, there are very few trails, and other years, the snow melts to reveal a Gordian knot of trails and tunnels, enough to tear up the lawn! Read More
Is one of your New Years resolutions to make your creative work more visible? Or perhaps to live your spirituality more often? Here is your opportunity!
Have you noticed that slightly later sunsets? The days are just starting to get longer, yet that warm is feeble, and we are in the depths of Winter’s chill. Growing a tiny bit stronger every day, the Sun is returning.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter cross-quarter (Winter Thermstice) is traditionally celebrated on February 2 as Imbolc. It is near the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring equinox, which this year happens on February 4th. It is one of eight stations in our planet’s annual journey around the sun. While the Winter Solstice is the time of longest darkness, the Winter Cross-Quarter is (on average) the time of greatest cold. Read More