Friday, December 22, 2017


From the dark of the longest night of the year back into the light, we bring you ... 
The Winter Solstice!

First a dark walk on the beach,
the surf behind me loud and booming, the new moon 
the slightest sliver of silver drifting in and out of ominous black clouds,
the air smellng of damp sea salt and mysterious sulphuric marsh gasses from pluff mud at low tide, and in the center of the dark road a huge lone seagull, bright white in the headlights, challenging for his right to the road.  Then ...

into the light!  
At Murrels Inlet a walk along the harbor and
a welcome reminder of longer days ahead.  
We picked a restaurant for a drink and a snack 
-- shrimp, and hushpuppies dipped in honey butter -- 
and stared out at the lights from our window table.  
"The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory."
Gary Zukov, American author and spiritual teacher.


  1. Hush puppies sound good to me and I bet the shrimp was awesome not the frozen stuff we get up here! Looks like a nice place to spend the Solstice:)

  2. Looks wonderful, I would certainly join you for the shrimp.

  3. Love to see all the different festive lights all over the countries through the blogs!

  4. Oh my. What a beautiful photos and words to match the winter solstice. Here in part of the Minnesota tundra, spouse and I huddled and shivered under several blankets watching a bad "reality" TV show and wishing we were in Florida....:(

  5. Great post. I hope the new longer days bring you happiness and good fortune.

  6. I see you :)
    Trust you had a good Christmas, a Happy New Year.

  7. Hi Cynthia! I just discovered your blog. I live in Florence SC. It's nice to see someone close to home blogging! Happy New Year to you and yours!