Advice from Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle.
Join New Garden Meeting this First Day:
THE WINTER SOLSTICE will actually occur on Saturday, December 21 at 12:11 p.m. But our celebratory service of this event will be held in the woods between Friends Homes and New Garden Cemetery at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 22. Come dressed warmly. Come to celebrate the wonders of nature. Come to celebrate the blending of various ancient religious traditions and be thankful to be together, to be alive and to be part of our universe with all other people on the earth.
We’ll have plenty of copies of our winter journal available!
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to…
The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon – December During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.
Humans are a very adaptable species. We’ve seen people grow used to slums, adjust to concentration camps, learn to live with what fate hands them. If our future is to continuously degrade our planet, lose plant after plant, animal after animal, forgetting what we once enjoyed, adjusting to lesser circumstances, never shouting, “That’s It!” — always making do, I wouldn’t call that “success.”
Today I’m hoping to finish up the Friendly Naturalist winter issue. We have a provocative issue coming out on the solstice! With cover art from Veronica Grossi, Quaker history from Max Carter, and other goodies to connect you to the local landscape.