Winter Solstice

Winter solstice is in a few days and with it comes The Great Conjunction. Saturn and Jupiter will come close to each other and look aligned to our eyes. They haven’t come this close to each other in hundreds of years. It’s funny how we get excited about these things. What do they mean? This is coming on the tail end of a phenomenal year that is difficult to review and perceive. And now a new year is on our doorstep. I went back in my posts over the year and found this one titled Metanoia. This was right before the whole world closed down. Are we ready to change who we are?

It’s so hard to see into the future right now, but I’m squinting into it. Yesterday we got about 14 inches of snow–hooray!–and I went out excitedly to finally try my cross-country skis. I broke the deep and powdery snow and laboriously made a path around my house. A tiny flock of black-capped chickadees watched me from the tall grasses, flying away every time I passed. It was hard, but at about the twentieth circle around the house I finally started getting the hang of it, gliding in places. I have never skied, but I suddenly had this deep feeling that I could do this for years to come. It was a great feeling– like when you meet someone you realize you will know for a long time.

I am going to take the next few weeks off from writing here. In the meantime, I’ll light a fire outside on Monday and hope to see Jupiter and Saturn looking like a double planet as the sun goes down. I’ll think about the year to come, and how I can change for the better. I wish you light, health and freedom in the new year.


I made these miso peanut butter cookies the other day, and I highly recommend them! They are slightly crunchy and chewy, and the miso can’t be detected except for a punch of depth that you can’t guess.

Years ago I watched a talk by BJ Miller about life and death and was enthralled. He does it again in the NY Times.


  1. Julia, once again, your words inspire me. I’m thrilled you’ve found skiing. I want to learn to cross-country ski, too. Our neighbor, who is in his 70s, walks up our driveway, which is a half-mile climb of 500 feet, and then he proceeds to ski for a few miles. That’s inspiring, as well.

    Thank you for sharing the Times piece. It left me in tears – beautiful and compelling, as I’ve visited my aunt, who just lost her husband of 47 years and is also battling terminal cancer. It is too early in the morning to be poetic with my words and express how that piece affected me. I’ll just say thank you. 💞 Happy solstice to you.

    1. Jayme, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I’m glad that article resonated with you. These are tough times and any illumination is welcome.

      On that note, a happy solstice to you, too, and let’s hope we can be like your neighbor one day. xo

  2. Three cheers for your first forray in skis this season! Were you able to see the alignment (I can’t remember if it was cloudy)? I will definitely be trying the cokies this winter (yay!) and look forward to chceking out that NYT piece.

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