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Welcome to the domain different--to paraphrase from New Mexico's capital city of Santa Fe which bills itself "The City Different." Perhaps this space is not completely unique but my world shapes what I write as well as many other facets of my life. The four Ds figure prominently but there are many other things as well. Here you will learn what makes me tick, what thrills and inspires me, experiences that impact my life and many other antidotes, vignettes and journal notes that set the paradigm for Dierdre O'Dare and her alter ego Gwynn Morgan and the fiction and poetry they write. I sell nothing here--just share with friends and others who may wander in. There will be pictures, poems, observations, rants on occasion and sometimes even jokes. Welcome to our world!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Solstice-2012

This is a picture from the east coast, taken by a friend of a friend. Here in New Mexico I seldom see spectacular sunrises although we did get them in Colorado. Here the mountains to the east are high and close so there isn't the vast horizon to view the colors. But then, sunsets and sunrises have a lot in common.... I bet you cannot tell which the picture at the end of my post might be! I'll give its story tomorrow!

I did not do an all night vigil as some of my Druid and other Pagan friends did--just do not have the stamina for that these days but I was up to greet the sun and did so with a thankful and joyful heart at the promise it portends. Lugh returns! Winter will pass and hopefully the winter of spirit that darkens so many lives right now as well. The actual point of the sun's most distant place was early this morning--I read six something but forget the time zone that was for! I think a bit later here in MST zone.
The world did not end --I never thought it would!--but perhaps this can mark a new beginning for all. I too send heartfelt prayers out to the Earth and all upon it. We must never lose hope regardless of the terrible events to which we may be witness. May they be growing pains in finding ways  to move into a better, brighter future. Collectively we can at least light a candle in the darkness and show light to this new day.
After I came back inside--it is chilly here today, about 30 at dawn--the following verse came to me in a flash so I will share it with all.  Thanks be to Brighid for the gift of her inspiration!!
Go in peace. Brightest midwinter/Yule blessings to all! 

 Winter Solstice 2012
A sweet subtle brightening
Slips over the crest--
A new day begins
And once more we are blessed
As Lugh the Light Bringer
Returns to the sky.
In the chill hush of dawn
Hearts sing in reply.

A promise is kept
And we offer our praise,
Our thanks from the spirit
On this day of days.
The seasons will turn now
And spring come once more.
Thus our lyrics of joy
Resound shore to shore.

May the light of our hope
And our faith never wane
As we walk now Her path
And trust not in vain.
That in this beginning
We too may bring light
To that spiritual darkness
And  the hearts deep in night.
                          (c)  21 Dec 2012

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