Winter’s beginning brings light. Ceremonial candles, resolutions, communal celebrations are the stuff of the dark nights giving way to illumination. The boundless hopefulness of human beings persists, despite all reports of atrocities based in ignorance, fear and hatred. I don’t want to give up on the possibility of peace. Ever. I believe in light and the consciousness abiding in us all, allowing a reality of interconnectedness that does not rely on power, greed or oppression. It starts with me, my faults and pettiness, the thoughtless ways and careless actions giving way to more awareness, kindness and compassion. So. Winter is here. The reliable sun returns. Each breath a beginning. Peace!