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“Solstice” (December 21, 2021) KWMR


Solstice: Either of the two times of the year when the apparent path of the Sun is farthest north or south of the Earth’s equator. In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice is on June 20 or 21 and the winter solstice on December 21 or 22. The situation is exactly the opposite in the southern hemisphere, where the seasons are reversed. At the winter solstice, the day is the shortest of the year and at the summer solstice, it is the longest of the year. The term solstice is also used in reference to one of the two points of greatest deviation of the ecliptic (the apparent annual path of the Sun) from the celestial equator.
Source: Britannica

Black mountain in the Olema valley. photo: Amanda Eichstaedt

I love the solstice. Over the past few years, I’ve been more impatient about the short, cold days leading up to this time of year. Winter is actually starting now, but the daylight hours will also start to lengthen from now on. Maybe the global pandemic has made me more tolerant? I am not sure. I know spending so much time walking in the woods over the past two years has been invaluable to my way of seeing the world.

I used to usually ride a bike or run, and although sometimes I walk quite fast, you observe so much more at the pace of the walk. And taking these long weekly walks allowed me to see the subtle changes in flora and fauna throughout the Mediterranean climate that we enjoy here in the Bay Area.

This morning before the rain, I drove to Limantour with my mother who is visiting this week. She is also a fan of the solstice. There was a big elephant seal dragged across the beach, just watching the beautiful surf. I filled a little trash bag with trash, although when you first step out on the beach it looks spotless. So many bits of plastic. I was reminded of how much I love to collect garbage.

And I recalled my horoscope for today in the LA Times. (Absolutely the best horoscopes around!)

Speaking of details, I had every intention of sharing my finished embroidery with you today, ahead of schedule, to remind people that Steve Martinek’s challenge to fund KWMR with a matching $ 1,500 for our fundraiser. end-of-year funds. I’m making great progress, but the embroidery isn’t ready for prime time. Talk about detailed, small and crucial items. Damn it. Hopefully next Tuesday, with a few days to spare, he’ll be ready to be seen.

So I hope you enjoy this solstice day to the fullest, celebrate it in big or small ways, reflect on the details and the change of our subtle seasons, and can stay warm and dry under this beautiful rain.

A recent rainbow in Bear Valley. photo: Amanda Eichstaedt

Thanks everyone for reading and for supporting KWMR!

Amanda Eichstaedt
KWMR Station Manager and Executive Director

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