Darkness Illuminated

December 23, 2014 6:17 PM

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With the winter solstice come and gone, those of us who live in the northern hemisphere can now expect increasingly longer days and shorter nights. I can fondly remember how much I looked forward to this time of the year as child -- a prolonged escape from the confining classroom, a vast swath of unstructured time, and of course, the prospect of presents to unwrap.

But something happened along the way -- I grew up, and more importantly, grew away from myself. As an adult, I have come to associate the month of December with scheduling commitments, commercialized-induced angst, and frazzled families. December demands our attention, so it's bitterly ironic that t...

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