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Two Years in Paradise and Winter Solstice Wishes

SantaI’m sitting here tonight celebrating two events. One is the second anniversary of my moving to Hawaii, and of course the second is Winter Solstice.

December 22 2009, I arrived  “home” to Hawai’i Island and it has been an incredible adventure. At times it seems like just yesterday I stepped off the plane, but at other times it is hard to remember being anywhere else. My friend Frank DeMarco asked if it was 4 or 5 years since I had moved to Hawai’i, so it isn’t just me apparently.

Winter Solstice is a time of reflection and sitting here tonight my thoughts can’t help but turn toward what the coming years will bring, but crystal balls are notoriously foggy and as Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”.  I’m not even up on current events lately since I don’t watch TV and only occasionally look at headlines on the internet. There are, of course, no shortage of dire predictions about the future, and some of it may very well be true to some degree, but  I’m simply not going to focus on those things and lend my energies to them. In the latest SharedWidom newsletter, Hank Wesselman said:

No matter what happens over the next several years, we’ll be at our best if we are grounded and heart-centered.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

To all my countless two or three readers that still stop by (ok, and everyone else too) I wish all of you the happiest of holidays and love and happiness in the new year, come what may.


  1. May you be blessed in all you turn your hand or mind to…
    Happy Christmas!

  2. Dito 🙂 May your beautiful island still be good to you in the next year…

  3. Have a wonderful solstice!

  4. Nice self-portrait. You must have photoshopped it, as all the other photos of you I’ve seen show you much larger.

  5. Happy Solstice to you, Rich. It is my practice to honor the nature holidays at the moment of their greatest power, no matter what time that occurs at my location.

    I also resonated with your finding “home”. That was my feeling when I moved to VA in 1998 and has not dimished one iota. It is such a blessing to find our right place, at least until such time as are drawn elsewhere.

  6. Winter Solstice is also a time of relection for me. As the the shortest day and longest night of the year approaches part of my life must be discarded to make way for a new beginning. This is the time to I evaluate what I endured and survived and open my heart to prepare for the spring to come. This is the time I prepare to welcome the light by remembering the gifts of darkness. Have a happy holiday and a great new year too.

  7. Its good to read you once again – it’s been a while! And the best to you too for all that is to come.

    • Irene, thanks and who knows if this will be a trend or whether I’ll go back to ignoring my blog. We’ll see.

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