What’s in a name?

It is known that names can hold power. Names of people, names of places, names of things. This idea of naming children to give them strength and other attributes associated with that name also applies to concepts and ideas. Since humans first learned language we have been naming everything that is important to us. Naming […]

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Mother’s Night

Winter was a different world in the past. At the mercy of the forces of nature, our ancestors were driven to find ways to resist the elements while facing their own mortality. Without the knowledge of science we have today, they turned to myths and stories to explain what caused the storms to rage and […]

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Winter, Hygge, and Yule

I know that Yuletide has arrived when the river begins to freeze. And it is this time of year, more than any other, that I feel hygge. Maybe it’s the gentle aroma of peppermint coming from my hot mug. Maybe it’s the soft blanket on my lap as I type this. Maybe it’s the gentle […]

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