|Time lapse sun as seen from campus on solstice.|
Photo credit : UAF
I have recently started attending the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship here as I enjoy the sense of participating in spiritual community. Last week's service was in honor of the solstice and ended with everyone singing the Beatle's "Here Comes the Sun." On Thursday, my yoga studio celebrated the Solstice with a 108 Sun Salutation practice. The past week or so has been a difficult one for me and some of my nearest and dearest (but it is not my story to tell), and so after exchanging gifts by candlelight, over mulled wine, with my Darlin'Man, I took the night of the winter solstice as a sleepy and warm hibernation. I woke up with the sun, well into the day that the clock counts, and lingered in bed with coffee and holiday bread.
This afternoon, driving into town to spend the day with my mother and my sister; as we came into the lowland valley just down from the Homestead the sun was hovering above the hills to the southwest and the moon hung just above the hills to the southeast. It was pretty beautiful. As a final gift from the universe, after so long of so cold, we had 0.7 degrees at home while Fairbanks was (and is) still trapped in 40 below.