The Long Dark

drumsnowWe had planned a 12-hour winter solstice drumming event for today. The food was bought, the space organized, the drums and percussion instruments all set out. We also have 6-8 inches of snow expected by tomorrow morning. Oh well. I’d rather my friends be safe at home than on the road. It’s better the storm hit us  now than on Tuesday for our party.

I have to say, the prospect of deep snow tickles the little kid in me. Must go buy bread, milk, and eggs to prepare.  🙂

Today is the darkest day of the year, the day with the least amount of daylight. People have marked this moment and done so for tens of thousands of years. Tonight, turn off your electric lights and immerse yourself in the long dark. Light candles and reflect. Share the stories of your lives with your loved ones. Tell them how thankful you are that they are in your life. The return of sun is a good time to take stock,  a time to be thankful the sun will rise in the morning and you’ll live to see another day. Because of this, the winter solstice is a time to mend relationships and renew your hope and goodwill. And come tomorrow, you’ll find the day just a little bit longer, a little bit brighter. Spring is around the corner.

“The simplicity of winter has a deep moral. The return of Nature, after such a career of splendor and prodigality, to habits so simple and austere, is not lost either upon the head or the heart. It is the philosopher coming back from the banquet and the wine to a cup of water and a crust of bread.”

~John Burroughs, “The Snow-Walkers,” 1866


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Creamy Spinach Artichoke Spread
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened.
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1 jar (7.5 oz.) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Spread cream cheese onto bottom of microwaveable 9-inch pie plate. Mix spinach, artichokes, mozzarella and garlic powder until blended; spread over cream cheese. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Microwave until heated through. Serve with pita chips, French bread slices, or tortilla chips.

Amazingly good.


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Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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7 Responses to The Long Dark

  1. Melissa Keir says:

    I’m sorry about your event. Maybe some solitary drumming while thinking about each other will send good spirits into the world. 🙂

  2. The one and only time in my life that it has snowed more than an inch here (Houston) was when I was little and had the flu 😦 I remember staring out the window at the snow watching my older sister make a snowman. The next day, she made snow ice cream that was yummy. I would have been happy with the snow and snuggled in your cozy house for drumming 🙂

    • Were it not for the bad roads we would have done the solstice drumming anyway. But my friends all have their own holiday things to see to and wouldn’t want to spend the night. I love them far too much to chance it. We’ll drum like crazy before New Years. 🙂 I’d invite you to drum if you weren’t so far away.

  3. Happy Winter Solstice! Drum a little at home anyway…

  4. Marianne Stephens says:

    Never thought of the first day of Winter as being the “Long Dark”! Is drumming a tradition for you?

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