Today was the day of the winter solstice, when the tilt of the earth's axis in relation to the sun results in increasinging longer 'days' and shorter 'nights'. This means our favorite Australian follower can start looking forward to cooler weather and shorter 'days' on the other side of our little planet. Tomorrow our length of possible day light will increase by 0.8 seconds, a sure sign that the snow will start melting off in about 4 months or so.
Last night we North Americans enjoyed a total lunar eclipse. I got only a glimpse of the eclipse before a cover of cloud moved in, obscuring my view. Nonetheless I used that opportunity to perform my typical solstice ceremonies, giving thanks for the blessings of the past year and offering suggestions for blessings that will flow during this new cycle of seasons. The next full lunar eclipse visible in Alaska won't happen again until 2014.
Now I'm at my worksite again, and it's a clear sky with a still-full moon and crisp temperatures, albeit considerably warmer than down in the valley. Life progresses more or less as it should and I'm sure there are more adventures to come.