Friday, December 24, 2021

Friday Poem

Environmental & Science Education, Poetry, Art and Science

Ed Hessler

Greetings from the Center for Global Environmental Education, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. It is December 24, 2021; the 358th day about to close with 98.16% of it gone or 51 weeks and a day. 

Sunrise is at 7:49 am and sunset is at 4:35 pm giving us 8h 46m 23s of sunlight. Winter Solstice, the astronomical marker of winter's beginning occurred on December 21 which means the s-l-o-w return of light--+12 seconds since so far.

It is National Eggnog Day according to Foodimentary and National Day. Foodimentary list 5 facts and has its usual food history. Today is the anniversary of the "Eggnog" riot at the U. S. military academy and the Chicago broccoli caper! National Day fills in many of the details about eggnog and includes a list of "celebrated (and not so celebrated" birth days.

Quote. The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.” — Gary Zukav

Today's poems, one for young children is by Christina Rossetti and the other is by Meng Jiao. You will have to scroll down a tad for the latter.


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