Winter Solstice


Bank the fires against the darkness, on this, the longest night of the year (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.)

Underneath the hustle and bustle of the holidays, there is a quietness, if you listen hard enough. This seems to be a good time of year for a little introspection, a bit of self-examination. Maybe it’s the constant hum of Dickens in the background and Jacob Marley’s words echoing in the dark: “Mankind was my business!” that makes me want to take stock.

And so, in between the shopping and the cocktail parties and the frantic to-and-fro-ing we reach for something deeper, looking for those things that tie us together, that connect us.

And in this time of unrest (Has there ever been a time that wasn’t a time of unrest?) it seems especially important.

We want to show our children (and each other) that there is more than fear and hate and greed in the world. There’s good stuff. Really good stuff. Friends and family and music and holding hands and laughter and hugs. Crackling logs in the fireplace, both real and metaphorical, keeping us warm and the darkness at bay.

Peace, joy and love to you and yours during this season and throughout the new year.


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19 Responses to Winter Solstice

  1. Very well said, Benjamin, Happy Solstice and Holidays to you and yours.

  2. Grower says:

    Yes, yes and yes. Happy Solstice! All the very best to you in the growing days to come!

  3. KerryCan says:

    Beautiful! I hope you, too, find peace, joy and love in every season!

  4. The best things is life really are free. Merry Christmas to you and yours. 🙂

  5. Laurie Graves says:

    Lovely post and so true! A very merry Christmas to you and yours!

  6. Cathy says:

    Thanks for this lovely message Ben. I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas too, and all good wishes for the new year!

  7. And back atcha! Have a wonderful holiday & amazing New Year!!!

  8. pbmgarden says:

    Peace to you Benjamin and Happy New Year!

  9. You are so right! There is lots of good stuff! Wishing you, peace, joy and love 😃

  10. thegentlemanfarmer says:

    Dear Benjamin
    Despite running late to the party, I want to wish the best of the season past, the season present, and the season future. May this New Year bring you much in the way of peace, love, and happiness…


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