No column last week
as I was fighting a cold

I’m usually a bright spot, a positive, a light in the dark.  When it comes to this time of year however, I need to vent a bit.

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Well.  Here we are.  Daylight Savings time has ended and we have two months before we can actually see the sky after 5 in Connecticut.  And even longer before we can actually be out enjoying the light.  This is my least favorite time of year.


See?  I’m outdoor person.  I LOVE being outside, especially after dinner.  And driving after dark doesn’t enthuse me anymore.  The older I get, the more I’m convinced it is the lack of light in the winter that distresses me more than the lack of warmth.  It’s not that I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, it’s just that I don’t enjoy being inside during the winter.


My favorite thing to do after work is head down to The Surf Club, our town beach with my camera and set up for sunset.  I’ll usually bring the current book I’m reading and sit at one of the picnic tables and wait for the optimum time to start photographing.  Unfortunately with sunset coming so early now and with the weather changing, it makes it a bit challenging to head to the beach.


I’ve recently decided that I while I don’t like the cold weather, it is the early sunset that REALLY distresses me.  I could almost deal with the cold, if I knew sunset would be later at night.  A little after 8 pm would be amazing.  That would give me about three hours after I arrived home to still enjoy the night; even if I couldn’t head outside at least driving wouldn’t be so distressing for me.  As I mentioned above, I’m not comfortable driving long distances after dark now.


It’s why December 21 and the second weekend in March is so celebratory for me.  And it’s why I prefer it to be January, rather than August.  Because in January we have six full months of longer daylight hours.


Be Happy! Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.


Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;


We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying. For there truly is no end.

1 Comment

  1. Martha Orlando

    Sorry to hear you were under the weather, Chris, but glad you’re up and running again!
    Yes, the dark bothers me, too. I absolutely hate the time change, but have to deal with it any way.

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