Category Archives: Seasons of the Year

Medio Porteño

Yo fui concebido en Buenos Aires, alrededor del 26 de febrero en el año 1960, con la Cruz del Sur brillando en los cielos y, más cerca en la Plaza San Martín, las jacarandas en flor. Aunque nací en Nueva … Continue reading

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The Iceman Stayeth

Eclipses last but a moment, but winter tends to hang on. The view from the patio (aka the “Hall Observatory”) is beautiful.  The ice is hanging on to the trees, but so far no major collapses.  The ice is thinner … Continue reading

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Choir and Handbell Party

The choir and handbell choir met last evening at a delightful house in this county last evening for a post-holiday get-together.  It was a quiet evening, given to good conversation and good food, but nothing to excess. I particularly enjoyed … Continue reading

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Plough Monday, Distaff Day

Today, January 7, is both Plough Monday and Distaff Day.  The two don’t always coincide. Plough Monday, as the name indicates, is a Monday:  specifically, the first Monday after Epiphany, January 6.  Distaff Day is the very day after January … Continue reading

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Getting Underway

Happy Ten Pipers Piping!  It’s still Christmas. It doesn’t quite feel like Christmas this late in the season, does it?  But it is.  Saturday is Twelfth Night.  Feel free to have one more party! Looking ahead, Septuagesima Sunday is February … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day

. So MMXIX begins. I’ve been disenchanted with this holiday for many years. A few years ago, I posted a New Year’s Day meditation that, oddly, I partly replicated and partly contradicted in the first version of the present post.  … Continue reading

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Christmas Letter

On Christmas Day, some old friends came for dinner.  One of them asked whether Isaiah’s prophecy “they shall call his name Emmanuel” contradicts Matthew, where the angel tells Joseph “thou shalt call his name Jesus.” I dearly love these two … Continue reading

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Solstice

It’s the shortest day of the year, all the shorter and darker for the incessant heavy rain. It’s been pouring since the wee hours of the morning…it’s now after noon.  The basement pump has been running for hours. It’s warm … Continue reading

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The Ice Storm of 1973

The calendar for 1973 was the same as for 2018, so exactly forty-five years ago this morning was Monday morning, December 17, 1973. One week previously, on Long Island, we awoke to the great ice storm of 1973. The weekend … Continue reading

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Christmas Carol Singalong

‘Tis the season.  On Sunday, December 23–the Fourth Sunday of Advent as well as “Christmas Eve Eve,” I’ll lead another community carol sing at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen, NY.  Event starts at 3, is free, and a nice … Continue reading

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