The 11/12/13 Joy Jar

12 Nov

Because Daylight Savings Time has ended, it is dark earlier. The end of Daylight Savings Time points toward the Winter Solstice. Ann-Marie Imbornoni of Infoplease describes the Winter Solstice:

Winter Solstice
Dec. 21, 2013, 12:11 PM EST (17:11 UT), marks the solstice—the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere
by Ann-Marie Imbornoni

The precise moment of the 2013 solstice will be Dec. 21 at 12:11 PM EST (17:11 UT).

In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, the great circle on the celestial sphere that is on the same plane as the earth’s equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 20 or 21, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Cancer. In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter and summer solstices are reversed.
Read more: Winter Solstice |

Walking in home in the dark, moi observed the outline of dark clouds in the cold and clear night. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are the dark evenings which point toward the Winter Solstice and Christmas.

Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.
Catherine O’Hara

There they stand, the innumerable stars, shining in order like a living hymn, written in light.
N.P. Willis

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
Vincent Van Gogh

The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand.
Frederick L. Knowles

Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Moonlight is sculpture.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

If the Stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.
Jorge Luis Borges

There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.
Joseph Conrad

The day has eyes; the night has ears.
David Fergusson

Some praise the Lord for Light,
The living spark;
I thank God for the Night
The healing dark.
Robert William Service, “Weary”

A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
Edward Plunkett

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
Vincent Van Gogh

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