December 22 officially marks the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.  (Didn’t we just celebrate the equinox?  How time flies!)  The winter solstice, that day of the year that contains the most darkness, has influenced many of the world’s religions in some way or another.  You’ve got to admit, it is a pretty dramatic day, what with all of us fumbling to open our car doors from 4:30-ish p.m. on in the dark after work.  To read more about how the winter solstice has affected various world religions, head on over to and have yourself a happy solstice.

Darn!  I dropped my keys and now they’re at the bottom of the pond!

Phineas F. A. Pickerel