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The turn of the year

In which I consider the seasonal cycle


The night is drawing in, as I draft this post.* The sky is darkening, and the lamps are lit, to brighten the house and drive back the winter darkness. It’s a time to light candles, and fires, and stare into their hearts. We still have a visceral response to fire, glowing embers and flickering, crackling flames.

As we stare at it, though, the world turns. The world turns, and after today, ice gives way to fire again. It might take time for the darkness to lift and long days to return; but the world will turn, and everything will come around in its cycle. As it does every year. That doesn’t mean, though, that today isn’t time to light a candle and huddle round it, fighting back the dark.

* which was a few days ago, now; and when this post appeared online it was morning. But it’s a better way to open than: “The night is drawing in … well, it was at 4pm on Friday”

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Sleep cures everything

In which we quote an old song


…but insomnia.*

I laid in bed last night listening to the rain on the window, the wind howling under the eaves, and the grumbling of our ancient heating system, wondering what mistake I’d made, if there was one, and if I’m falling into too much of a pattern.

There is a cycle, going round and round, which I seem doomed to repeat, and which I can’t learn how to break out of. And I sometimes wonder if I’m ever going to break out of it at all.

* and if you know where I stole that line from, you get Extra Geekpoints

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