• Cheré Dastugue Coen

Southern Winter Irony

How the darkest night brings us hope.

Happy Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s ironic that we celebrate the day of the year with the least sunshine, but it’s not the darkness that gives us hope. It’s the sun's "returning" as the days begin to grow longer heading into spring.


Don’t poop where you eat. Here’s hoping people stop the massive commercialization that doesn’t pay a living wage for workers and produces items that are not recyclable and eventually end up in a landfill. In other words, I wish for people to buy local, and buy from artists and craftspeople, farmer's markets.


What will be your intentions for Yule and the New Year?


Here are a few of mine that I wish for the world…


Less plastic, less plastic, less plastic.


Kindness, politeness, courtesy.


The realization of all people that nature is what sustains us, gives us life. May we treat all living things as just that — living things! Respect and honor animals, trees, little bugs, those camellias that are just now starting to bloom.

Read! (Shameless plug here. I write novels under the pen name of Cherie Claire, plus non-fiction under my real name.)


In that same vein, don’t poop where you eat. Here’s hoping people stop the massive commercialization that doesn’t pay a living wage for workers and produces items that are not recyclable and eventually end up in a landfill. In other words, I wish for people to buy local, and buy from artists and craftspeople, farmer's markets.


Plant trees.


Change lawns into food sources.


See the good in everyone, even those who disagree politically.


Be grateful.


Know that in everything there is a season. Dark times will eventually end.


Spring is just around the corner. Azaleas are waiting for the sun to return as well.

Keep the faith.


Keep smiling.


Be nice.


And keep reading WeirdSouth.com.


Happy Holidays everyone!


Happy Winter Solstice

Merry Christmas

Happy Kwanza

Happy New Year


—Cheré Coen

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