Late Night: The Longest Night

Last night’s full moon, and the eclipse that covered it on into Tuesday morning, marked the darkest night of the year, but brought us into the light. This year was dark and hard for so many of us: the loss of loved ones, the Gulf disaster, the escalation of war, the destruction of economies, large and small. . . .

But, with the sun returning and the nights shortening, there is hope. With this solstice, I hope that positive changes can rise and continue rising, that the voices of the people can lift up in a chorus–cacophony and harmony are in the ears of the listener–and move us forward to peace and prosperity.

This solstice, let us make wishes for ourselves, for our neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries. . . and the world.

Happy Solstice.


105 Responses to "Late Night: The Longest Night"
Suzanne | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:03 pm 1

lisa!


spurious | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:05 pm 2

happy solstice, all


DrDick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:06 pm 3

Lisa!

We dance the sun along its course. This fire burns forever!


Margaret | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:06 pm 4

Lisa!
Happy solstice. I have very little hope and no confidence. I’m about three weeks away from the two year anniversary of losing my job and no closer to finding another. My bills are paid this month but I have barely three hundred dollars left and nothing new coming in. I’ll have to break into my savings now and that’s pretty meager. Nope, sorry. Not much hope at all.


Suzanne | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:07 pm 5

Kassandra | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:09 pm 6

Thanks, Lisa. Truly end of the beginning of the end of the beginning


PeasantParty | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:09 pm 7

Happy Solstice to you as well. It will be warmer here tomorrow. I will do a little dance in the field.


spurious | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:14 pm 8

did anybody watch the eclipse? I saw it through a hole in the clouds right at the beginning, then fell asleep. :~(


DrDick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:15 pm 9

Here the fire burns forever. Still they dance the sun on his course.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:16 pm 10

No eclipse here. It was completely overcast.


DrDick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:17 pm 11
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 10

Past my bedtime. Alien abductions will do that to you.


Margaret | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:18 pm 12
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 10

I couldn’t watch it either. It clouded up about an our before it was due to begin.


Margaret | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:18 pm 13
In response to Margaret @ 12

“hour”


Suzanne | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:18 pm 14

i saw bits and pieces of the bite leading up to totality through breaks in the clouds but then it started to rain before it reached totality…. clouds did let up with about 10 minutes left of totality and i saw the end and the beginning of the reverse bite.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:22 pm 15
In response to DrDick @ 11

Did they probe you?


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:23 pm 16

Finally mad eit home! Forewent the sacrifice of the bull–over an hour in half in traffic form Santa monica!


DrDick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:25 pm 17
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 15

Yep. fortunately they gave me really good drugs before hand so I do not remember that part.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:25 pm 18
In response to Margaret @ 12

Wouldn’t bother me so much, but it’s ALWAYS overcast here when there’s an eclipse scheduled. It’s like clockwork.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:26 pm 19

Space aliens make me nervous. I knda hope I dont encounter them, I am much more comfy with ghosts


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:26 pm 20
In response to Margaret @ 4

OT– Do you read the Agonist?


DrDick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:27 pm 21

Here are more of those who keep the sun on its course. This fire burns forever. For what it is worth, I am somewhere in the second group.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:32 pm 22

Sharkbabe | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:32 pm 23

Existence is overrated. Frankly can’t wait to get back to whatever blissful nothingness I was in before mom & dad rudely thrust me into this bullshit. Without even any consultation ..

Anyway, happy solstice .. am finally used to the cold again .. and yep it’s all about waiting to see buds on the trees once more


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:36 pm 24
In response to Sharkbabe @ 23

But the thing is that you won;t know you’re in blissful nothingness, because nothingness implies no awareness of nothing, for if you are aware of nothing, then there is something, evne if it is only the awareness of being aware (which is how the world was formed, say some, by the nothingness becoming aware of itself, the light reflected back up on itself)


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:38 pm 25
In response to Sharkbabe @ 23

Hey there – what’s with that? Nihilism doesn’t become you.

You’re so, so… FULL. I’ve never imagined you empty before.

*always imagines giant SHARKBABE floating in cyberspace, chomping on teh stoopid, grinning*


Sharkbabe | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:39 pm 26

Oh and I set my alarm for the eclipse, clear sky here and everything .. sorta got up, went to door, looked at sky .. realized moon was in position requiring actual walking outside .. decided I didn’t feel like dressing .. fell back into heavenly bed, feeling vague shame


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:41 pm 27
In response to Sharkbabe @ 26

I woke up at 1:30am this morning and lit my bayberry candle and made a wish (or several)


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:42 pm 28

We can even get you a theme song, Sharkbabe. How about “Sharktopus Movie Theme Song” by the Cheetah Whores?


nonquixote | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:43 pm 29

It was worth it to head out and see a bit of it through a very light haze which turned to very thin clouds and then to light snow as the moon was blacked out and glowed a slow burning orange. Two hours out. Fortunately, we had a warm snap and the temps hopped up to 28 F.


Teddy Partridge | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:43 pm 30

Happy Solstice to everyone!


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:45 pm 31
In response to mzchief @ 28

Whadda think, Kelly. Is that theme song good enough for Sharkbabe or do you have another suggestion that befits her sharky magnificence?


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:46 pm 32

The full moon is always in the sun sign opposite, so if the sun is in Sag, the full moon will be in Gemini. The new moon is always in same sun sign. And a blue moon is two full moons in the same calendar month, which happens about once a year, though can happen 2x.
However a “triple witching hour” has nothing to do with astrology, but rather the bond market.


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:46 pm 33

Brief etymology lesson:

Sol = Sun
Sistere –> “stice” = stand still, rest


tejanarusa | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:46 pm 34
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 27

is bayberry significant for winter solstice? I happen to love bayberry, but couldn’t find any (candles) this year.


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:47 pm 35

Happy Solstice and Winter Holidays, All!

Snow” by Loreena McKinnett


bigbrother | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:48 pm 36

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/index.html The USG wants to expand the ground war into Pakistan with ground troops…following The Butto post with this wili leak. Shades of Cambodia


robertarend | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:49 pm 37
In response to Sharkbabe @ 23

We are as dead as we’re ever going to be, Sharkbabe.

We not only decided to enter this bullshit hologram; we chose our parents way ahead of physical time…


oldgold | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:50 pm 38

“In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:51 pm 39
In response to mzchief @ 31

Shark is quite an enormous presence; and a bass player.

I tend to think of her more like the Chili Peppers “Knock Me Down” all in kickass solo mode.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:55 pm 40
In response to tejanarusa @ 34

“Bayberry candle burned to the socket brings joy to the house and money to the pocket.”

It’s traditional to burn them during the winter. My mom used to burn bay berry candles “for money” she said. Later I learned it’s a Celtic folklore thing. I guess she picked it up from her psychic Dr Darius. He wore a turtleneck and a big medallion. I met him once when I four.


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:56 pm 41
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 39

Kewl! Yeah, Patrick O’Hearn is too mellow …


spurious | Tuesday December 21, 2010 08:57 pm 42
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 33

grazie


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:01 pm 43

I discovered the Root Candle Company here in Ohio, and went to the factory store. I bought a massive bayberry candle that fills the room with lovely scent!


tejanarusa | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:02 pm 44
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 40

Huh. Maybe I don’t burn them down far enough….unless it means without the bayberry candles each winter I’d have even *less* money!
I have a few left from last year, but they’re scarce around here right now. I have always associated winter with bayberry, but couldn’t say why. Just an old memory/custom.


tejanarusa | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:06 pm 45
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 43

There used to be a Root candle – um, factory? warehouse? distributor? just south of downtown here – think it’s condos now.


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:06 pm 46
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 43

Are they bees wax, Christine?


DrDick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:06 pm 47

Think I will toddle off. Take care all.


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:07 pm 48

Hiya Pups! How is everyone tonight? I’m picking up my turkey and buche de noel tomorrow. I am so excited to be spending Christmas at home, at my own table with Mr and MsCE. Just us.


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:07 pm 49
In response to DrDick @ 47

Nite, DrDick.


Suzanne | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:08 pm 50

g’nite dr dick


Suzanne | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:09 pm 51

how wonderful ce — how long has it been that you have had both kids home at christmas?


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:09 pm 52
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 48

I imagine dinner at your house to be quite the epicurean delight. Have yourself a merry holiday!


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:11 pm 53

Shucks, where is reply? tej and mz — I’m not sure if they are beeswax, but they burn forever (so maybe yes?). All I know is that they burned for two hours and not even an inch was burned away. I first found them in Marshalls, of all places.


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:12 pm 54
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 48

Hmm buche d’noel, nom nom nom


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:13 pm 55
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 53

I prefer the bees wax candles as they burn very cleanly and with less toxicity as compared to the paraffin-based ones.


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:14 pm 56
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 54

Yum **2


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:15 pm 57

Teddy you still here?


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:16 pm 58

Suzanne,
We’ve not been home here in years. Almost the last five years or more always in Pennsylvania. We are still going, but not until the 28th this year (my foot planted down). Mzchief — we do a pretty fabulous Christmas table: this year brined turkey with sage and sausage stuffing, creamed spinach, horseradish carrots, salad and buche de noel cake. Champagne and French cheeses Christmas Eve. I love being home.


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:18 pm 59
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 58

OK, I don’t mean to be rude but I am available for that. :)


tejanarusa | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:18 pm 60
In response to mzchief @ 52

And I picture the massive candle surrounded by a lovely candle ring of real greens and elegant ornaments entwined in the greens at the center of the table.


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:19 pm 61

Kelly, I can’t open your link at 54.


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:19 pm 62
In response to tejanarusa @ 60

YES!


Suzanne | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:19 pm 63
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 58

dayam, wish you could stuff some of that down the intertubes to me ce — yum-meee


tejanarusa | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:20 pm 64
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 58

nom,nom to all of that.

Always wanted to try making a buche de noel, but never quite had the energy/nerve.


Suzanne | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:20 pm 65
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 61

that’s not a link at 54.. just italicized


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:20 pm 66

I get mine from Cauldron Kitty, the local witch shop


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:21 pm 67
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 66

{ bwa ha ha } I love that name! ;)


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:21 pm 68

mz and tej, thanks! You are so sweet! And Kelly,…


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:22 pm 69
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 58

Sounds so yummy.

We’re doing International Appetizer Night on the Eve, and then Saturday we’re doing a more traditional Czech dinner for the Old Ones.

Roast Duck, Sauerkraut with caraway dumplings. It does get a decent St. Emilion though, as I make a plum wash for the duck, and put a teench of green onions in the dumplings.


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:28 pm 70

tejanarusa,
There is no way I could bake a buche de noel — this one is ordered from a delightful bakery from the West Side Market, at Theresa’s.


bigbrother | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:28 pm 71

Loving kindness a Merry Christmas to all creatures no matter how scary and mean they seem…looking for that spark of goodness instead of that streak of stupidity…so far seems to work.
To Lisa: The universe is expanding faster than I can catch it but it is what it is awesome like an elephant to an ant.


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:29 pm 72
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 69

Kolaches? Prune kolaches?


tejanarusa | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:32 pm 73
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 70

Mmm, yummm…makes me wish I’d gotten that job in Cleveland 30 years ago!

Kelly’s dinner sounds delish, too, though I’ve never had duck, that I can remember. But the description makes it sound great.


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:32 pm 74

Roast duck, Kelly, that sounds wonderful! Sauerkraut is such a favorite food, again, made fresh in our Market. MrCE and I have an annual choucroute garnie dinner and totally pig out on sausages and sauerkraut with juniper berries. And Gewurztraminer. Yummmm!


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:33 pm 75
In response to bigbrother @ 71

I hear about this huge man that would go and would ask folks of they would like really respectful, nice hug if they showed up in his space being agro. The smart ones would say “yes.” It was tell as to those who would turn white as a sheet and run the other way. Yeah, best to just send them nice energy from afar if that’s all they can handle.


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:35 pm 76
In response to mzchief @ 72

We’ll make koláče for breakfast actually.


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:36 pm 77

And Kelly, bless you for loving the Old Ones.


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:36 pm 78
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 76

Very nice … with a good cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast.


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:36 pm 79
In response to tejanarusa @ 73

and @ CE #74 too:

Roast duck and St. Emilion is one of THE CLASSIC food/wine pairings. Espoecially with any plum treatment, like Peking Duck.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:37 pm 80

We’re having Hexmess Dinner at my house. I’m hauling out the sterling silver and we’re using real china (I usually do paper plates with sterling, but then you have to pay attention to the guest list to avoid the one person who forgets and throws out a fork!)

Our menu: Prime rib, tofurkey, brussel sprouts with butternut squash, herb salad with fennel root, and the other usual stuff…


tejanarusa | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:37 pm 81
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 76

That’s the only Czech food I know – not hard to find around here, as there are several Czech-founded little towns in the surrounding area. Kolace seems to be the fave food for any festival with Czechs involved.


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:38 pm 82
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 80

That sounds divine.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:39 pm 83

Oh and mac & cheese


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:39 pm 84
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 80

Lisa,
ALWAYS go for the sterling silver, doll!


tejanarusa | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:41 pm 85

I’m getting hungry! Going to go make a bedtime snack, and then go to bed, I think. Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas to everyone, in case I don’t “see” you again before Sat.


Suzanne | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:42 pm 86

g’nite tejan


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:42 pm 87
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 83

Hey, I like the version with Gorgonzola …


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:45 pm 88

Dream with the little angels, TejanaRusa


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:45 pm 89
In response to Suzanne @ 86

Am I losing my mind, or did reply just appear?


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:45 pm 90
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 84

Setting for thirty, how could I not!


tejanarusa | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:46 pm 91
In response to mzchief @ 88

How sweet! ( I will have my little furry angels…)


Suzanne | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:46 pm 92

ce — if ya get an incomplete page load, there is no reply button. if you refresh the page, it fixes the problem


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:46 pm 93

I’ve noticed the same thing … just refresh your page again and everything shows up on the 2nd try.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:47 pm 94
In response to mzchief @ 87

Yes definitely! Bowtie pasta prolly cuz it’s festive.

Christine: The reply button usually appears when you hit refresh, I’ve noticed


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:48 pm 95
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 90

OMG, you have a setting for 30?


Margot | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:49 pm 96
In response to bigbrother @ 71

Merry Christmas big brother, I hope this is a time for forgiving.


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:53 pm 97
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 94

I recall this how-to book on pasta that showed how to make multi-color, flat strips (natural coloring) that could be made into whatever shape. Hmmm … I think of creating food as a cross between an art studio, the building industry and a chemistry lab. Interesting things can occur leading to a spectacular production.


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:55 pm 98
In response to tejanarusa @ 91

Even better … cat hats or cat neck warmers?


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 09:58 pm 99
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 69

The Old Ones love it! and St Emilion– I sent a bottle last year to a friend who ate lots of duck and cooked with duck fat as well, duck fat with potatoes and creme fraiche…


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday December 21, 2010 10:00 pm 100
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 99

nom nom nom


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 21, 2010 10:00 pm 101

Oh and we’re haivng wild boar salami and slami wiht black truffles!


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 10:03 pm 102
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 101

Youse guys are slayin’ me …


bigbrother | Tuesday December 21, 2010 10:09 pm 103
In response to Margot @ 96

Love, Compassion, Joy and Eqanimity which has to include foregiveness would’t you think. One needs great strength to be able to exercise these. Just a different way of saying universal love or loving kindness which we all understand, Answer: You betchun little red rider.
I like what Jesus said…go and sin no more and isn’t that the Christmas message!


mzchief | Tuesday December 21, 2010 10:30 pm 104

Nice thread, Lisa. May sugar plums dance in your dreams, Lisa. G’night. :)


kumari | Wednesday December 22, 2010 07:18 am 105

MERRY CHRISTMAS


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