Archive for December 2017

Return to Chiberia

Return to Chiberia
The Lake is steaming, and  it’s a sunny subzero morning in  Chiberia.  Some may remember the polar vortex days of 2014, when the frozen towers  sparkled in the sun, and -40 wind chills greeted the huddled masses waiting on the train platforms. What a time to be alive! If you’re asking yourself, why do I... Read more »

Halcyon Days

Halcyon Days
I hope you are enjoying these days  of unseasonably mild weather! According to the Farmers’ Almanac, these are the halcyon days, a brief spell of mild, calm weather around the winter solstice. The story can be found in Ovid’s Metamorphosis,  but this is how the Almanac  tells it– According to ancient legend, a grieving wife named Halcyon... Read more »

Are you winter-ready?

Are you winter-ready?
Ready or not, winter has arrived. Meteorologists define winter as the three coldest months of the year–December, January and February. Traditionally, winter begins around December 21, at the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. You can read more here. Even older tradition calls the winter solstice midwinter, as it falls halfway through the darkest time... Read more »
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Full Moon Rising Sunday Night

Full Moon Rising Sunday Night
The first  full moon of winter will occur on Sunday, December 3.  It is called the Frost Moon, the Cold Moon, or the Long Nights Moon.  This full moon will also be a perigee full moon–and  a supermoon! Perigee describes the moon’s closest point in its elliptical orbit around Earth for a given month. When the moon... Read more »