December 2015 The Season of Darkness and Light

My alter ego Father Woodlots placing a sparling ball on a branch

 As Father Woodlots adds sparkle and light to our Solstice Tree, he is hearing Wordsworth's poetry:  "Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher." (The Tables Turned)  

And George Fox's vision of hope:  "I saw ... that there was an ocean of darkness and death; but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness." (Journal, 1694)

"Hannukah comes to teach us that if you go in a room, and the room is dark, you don't have to take a stick and start fighting with the dark....A little light gets rid of a lot of darkness."  (Rabbi Sholom Ber Harlig, quoted in "Grieving for the Innocents", by Steve Lopez, LA Times, December 8, 2015) (Note: I am waiting for permission to reprint these words from Rabbi Harlig, and will take them down if he or Steve Lopez asks me to do so)

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Dale Chihuly bowl

Lake Geneva

Pacific Grove, CA


Getty Center, L.A.


Seattle Convention Center

Ephrata, PA