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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Four days til Christmas--solstice thoughts

Open Gate - 5 by 7 watercolor, digitally enhanced
Four days til Christmas - Winter solstice began at 4:44 this morning--when this article was posted, the shortest day of the year.
An open gate, between the past and the future, as was and is Christmas.
The steps in the past are fading. Those in the future are indistinct.
We let those fading steps slow us down.
The unknown future brings worry and hesitation.
We should just put our hand on the gate of the present, and walk through, in present tense.
Shouldn't Christmas be about present tense?

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