Friday, December 14, 2012

Halcyon Days

Every year I strive to clear the decks so I may fully benefit from the Halcyon Days of peace and tranquility. It is a 2 week period with the Solstice at the midpoint. When I stop my running around and experience peace within and with others, I arrive at the true meaning of the Holiday Season.
©O'Brien, Each Day in the Year of the Fire Dog #320, front and back
The secret is, be brave to experience the deepening darkness so we can perceive the great return of the light.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Today's date is the last one of the century that has all three numbers the same. It is one of my favorite celebratory days of the season, for Our Lady of Guadalupe. The miraculous appearance of roses in December is such a hopeful image.

©O'Brien, Each Day in the Year of the Fire Dog # 318 front and back

Monday, December 10, 2012

Good Tidings

Starting on December 6, St Nicholas Day, there are so many reasons to celebrate this special season. For one thing, today is the birthday of Thomas Merton, who lived nearby at Abbey of Gethsemani. This prayer of his has been a helpful reflection.
©O'Brien, Each Day in the Year of the Fire Dog, #316, front and back
It is also Emily Dickenson's Birthday. This year the Geminid Meteor showers are on the 13th.