Darkness and Light

Good morning everyone. OK, so this blog does not have a whole lot to do with schooners or windjammers or sailing vacations so if you want to leave now I will not be offended. Today is the winter solstice, as you know, the shortest amount of daylight in our calendar year here in the northern hemisphere. Of course it is the summer solstice on the other side of the equator. So I guess if you wanted to celebrate the summer solstice you wouldn’t be at all in the wrong. I would applaud your ability to see outside the box.Map from Wikipedia commons

Living and sailing in the mid latitudes (remember, Maine is half way to the North Pole) as we do, we experience a balance that spans a year’s time, maybe many years’ time. To feel the darkness of winter creeping quietly into our homes is not as bad it may appear from the outside. This is our season to rest… emotionally if not physically. We know it takes more physical energy to live and work here in winter. But when the sun goes down and I nestle under a pile of blankets and quilts I feel in tune like the bear who has gone to den. It is what we are meant to do. Tomorrow the light begins to return to our hemisphere, the days lengthen imperceptibly for the next six weeks, and then quite perceptibly until the equinox just three months away. On and on it goes. The overall balance requires the patience and wisdom to see the long run of the seasons. I love the darkness because I know the coming light. I think the acorn has it right, biding its time in the frozen soil, patiently waiting for the warmth of spring and the growth of summer.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.


  1. Were you thinking outside the box when you presented the earth from the Southern hemisphere point of view? Today is Sonia's favorite day of the year because finally we will start to get more daylight as we head toward spring.

    Here's hoping the cold dark winter helps you to recharge and relax. Most people here in the South (a good deal farther from the North Pole than Maine)simply try to survive the winter hiding indoors waiting for the heat to return.

    Wishing all of the extended Mary Day family a very happy holiday season, a healthy successful New Year and a winter of renewal leading to a spring and summer of fun, sun and sailing.

  2. I know we don't discuss religion or politics here or on the schooner but I think this piece by Robert Fulgham is fitting for "Darkness and Light."

    Here is the link: Robert Fulgham

    Mr. Fulgham is wintering in Moab Utah far from the Maine coast but I think he has a good feel for the meaning of winter.

  3. I love the dark, cold days of winter. The winter skies are so beautiful at night! Unlike most people, I hibernate during warm weather, and come out into the cold to take long walks. My dog hates it. He lifts his paws and complains until I finally pick him up. Good thing he is not a St Bernard. :0

    Like the acorns in your post, we Mary Day Trippers wait patiently for the sailing season to begin.

    May all of you have a wonderful holiday, and a new year full of peace, love, and prosperity.

    Abrazos a todos.

  4. Christmas has come and gone and the snow from our white Christmas is still lingering in the shade but the spirit of the season lives on as we savor the joys of being with and thinking of family and friends. My nearly constant companion for the past 13 years took the snow in stride. For Mac the snow was just another minor inconvenience. I do think it's easier to find Mac in the snow than it is to find Colby.

    The Maine Windjammer Association Newsletter for December reprises Mary Barney's doughnut recipe. Further evidence that Mary shall not be soon forgotten.

  5. Hi Captains, crew and fellow passengers! I was thinking of you all and just wanted to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. I hope your holiday season was full of love and light. Can't wait to see you all again and sail off into the sunset!
    Warm regards,
    Cynthia Benno

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