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Solstice offers new dawn for hope (Editorial)

(Jan. 1, 2016) Over the course of the holiday season came an e-mail card. Oh, it wasn’t a “card” really, but rather thoughts which became words which became the stuff that finds its way tucked into greeting or holiday cards.
The “card” was penned on Dec. 22, the Winter Solstice, as the season’s change arrived in Ashland, Ore., along with a bit of snow.
Even though the Winter Solstice failed to leave its mark on us here in the East, the musings were, to us, far too lovely not to share, with the permission of the author, of course:
One of the things I love about living in a four-season climate is the overlap from one season to the next, the fading season being supplanted by the rising season as they exist together for a short time.
The white-blossoming plum trees in the early spring are set against the backdrop of the last snow on the surrounding hills.
The blaze of fall color in a final burst of glory against the white of the first snow.
The buds of spring stand out on the bare twigs in winter, awaiting longer days and warmer weather to bring forth their leaves and blossoms to begin the cycle anew.
When I am discouraged about the state of the planet and the behavior of its human inhabitants, I am somewhat reassured by this endless overlapping cycle of change.
The leaves drop in colorful puddles around the base of the trees, and yield to the winter snows which lay down a blanket of protection.
The darkness will give way to increasing light, the melting snows and composting leaves will nurture the emerging new growth.

We keep getting another chance to be in tune with the grand rhythms which promise the future and bend toward sustainability.
Where we put our attention and lay our hopes matters.
Let us choose love and hope and wish each other a bright new year.