Today is December 21, 2012, the time of the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year. So I thought it an appropriate moment to wish you all very happy holidays. These seem particularly dark times. But let us think of spring and the coming sunshine. Let us work together, so that we may achieve mutual respect, peace, and love in our little world. May we follow in the footsteps of Dante to share the beauty of the stars. David
“My guide and I did enter, to return
To the fair world: and heedless of repose
We climb’d, he first, I following his steps.
Till on our view the beautiful lights of heaven
Dawn’d through a circular opening in the cave;
Thence issuing we again beheld the stars.” *
*“Lo duca e io per quel cammino ascoso
intrammo a ritornar nel chiaro mondo;
e sanza cura aver d’alcun riposo,
salimmo sù, el primo e io secondo,
tanto ch’i’ vidi de le cose belle
che porta ‘l ciel, per un pertugio tondo.
E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle.”