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Merry Christmas 2014

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…from the Waxhaws, Lancaster County, South Carolina.


Written by Jim

December 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Starlight in a bottle

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When owls call the breathless moon
In the blue veil of the night
The shadows of the trees appear
Amidst the lantern light
~ Loreena McKennitt, The Mummers’ Dance


The lantern that sits on the railing of my porch is no ordinary source of light in the darkness. During the day, it silently collects the rays of the sun…only to release them again as the gloaming turns to night. During the dark hours…my porch is illuminated by this bottled starlight…kept company by a Wisteria vine that has entwined itself around the railing…patiently waiting for the Spring to arrive once again.

Yesterday was a beautiful, warm, cloudless mid-December day here in the Carolinas. In the chill air of the evening, I sat on the porch for a while in this pool of silvery light…listening to Loreena McKennitt’s The Book of Secrets…accompanied by my lantern…the veil of darkness beyond…and the steadfast stars above.

Though we share this humble path, alone
How fragile is the heart
Oh give these clay feet wings to fly
To touch the face of the stars

When the dark night seems endless
Please remember me
~ Loreena McKennitt, Dante’s Prayer

Written by Jim

December 14, 2014 at 8:19 am