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BeyondGeography's Journal
BeyondGeography's Journal
December 23, 2020

McGovern, Goldwater on Divisive Politics and '88 Election

Snapshot of a political culture at the edge of an active volcano before it was consumed.
December 21, 2020

"Winter is a teacher of vulnerability."

This is the New York Times at its absolute best. Some excerpts:

The undeniable hardship of this winter is a reminder that for much of human history, particularly in colder climates, winter was a season simply to be survived. Winter is a primal time of death and loss, and a time for grief. It reminds us that darkness, not only light, is part of the recurring rhythm of what it means to be human.

“I have spent some long, scary nights waiting for the sun to come up. There have also been some long, barren seasons when I feared the sap would never rise again,” Barbara Brown Taylor, an author and Episcopal priest, reflected. “The hardest thing is to keep trusting the cycle, to keep trusting that the balance will shift again even when I can’t imagine how. So far it has.”

“Look for the smallest bit of beauty around you,” Dr. Safi explained. “That very much resonates today, at a time where it seems like the mega-systems are all broken or falling apart, to return your gaze to the small.”

The great irony of winter is that the moment darkness is greatest is also the moment light is about to return. Each year the winter solstice comes with the promise that the next day will be brighter.

“If we die, we die. We don’t have buds and seeds,” she said. “There are beautiful metaphorical parallels, what can go on if we do die — to me I think about stories at that point. Stories and memory and spirit can go on.”

“I’ve stopped trying to handle the darkness. I let the darkness handle me instead,” she said. “Most of the time all it wants to do is hold me for a while — slow me down, keep me from running, cover me up long enough to remember that being in the dark doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with me. It means I’m alive, and this is part of the deal.”

December 12, 2020

The Boss - James Brown

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