2021 Wishes for Light

Well, that – like so many things this year – almost got away from me. But it is still the day of the Winter Solstice, and as such the return of light to our lives is still much on our minds.

Things are a bit better than last year for many, not so much for some. Recovery is necessary but not sufficient, but the thin margin of power in the current dynamic frustrates those who have already been waiting far too long – yet infighting could itself destroy that margin and lead to the obliteration of any possibility of a progressive future.

Given all this, how can we talk about light?

We can talk about it because, despite the best efforts of those who are dedicated to darkness, the light survives. All it takes to make it thrive is the hard work of putting one foot in front of the other on the path of progress, every day, every election, every level.

It is dark now, but the universe bends toward justice. It is we who must come together to make it bend faster.

My annual blessing to you all, with the help of Callie Hills in giving them their final polish:
– as the sun increases, so may your joys increase.
– as the nights become shorter, so may your sorrows shrink.
– as those you love surround you, feel my love there as well.
– may you be blessed by your Gods, be they within or without.
– may all your dearest dreams come to you in time.

2020 Holiday Blessings

Seldom does the Winter Solstice so mirror the actual events in our lives. Even in the midst of some of our darkest hours, with increased Covid-19 infections and deaths, continued economic inequality and impact from pandemic-incited unemployment, and isolation from our friends and families we can see a glimmer of light on the horizon. It’s a faint light – sanity returning to government is not going to bring everything needed to fix our problems, and the new vaccines will take time to work as well as still holding some uncertainty as to how long protection lasts and how effective it is at preventing someone from carrying an asymptomatic viral load. But at this point, any glimmer brings hope – and, sometimes, that’s all we need to turn our hearts toward the future.


My annual blessing to you all, with the help of Callie Hills in giving them their final polish:
– as the sun increases, so may your joys increase.
– as the nights become shorter, so may your sorrows shrink.
– as those you love surround you, feel my love there as well.
– may you be blessed by your Gods, be they within or without.
– may all your dearest dreams come to you in time.

May the light that returns fill your hearts and souls, and may the next year be better than the last.


I wish you all the most joyous of holidays, however you celebrate the Light.

Greetings Of the Season

It’s an odd year. Certainly this is the warmest December since moving to Indiana (and the irony of Atlanta getting 6″ of snow when we haven’t had enough to show a rabbit’s tracks yet is neither lost on me nor pleasant). We were late getting decorations up due to weekends spent doing other things – fun things, but we’re still putting up lights and just now getting the tree decorated.

I am missing the Winter Solstice celebration at UUI this year due to other commitments, and the final shopping days before family arrive have rather snuck up on us. So, not feeling the season in spite of starting the holiday music early at my desk (and discovering new carols for Solstice that make my heart sing!)

But my father is in town and is as sharp as he has been in quite some time (and even moving around better for given values of “feet not always working as well as he would like), and we’re expecting the kids to be here in a few days (and I continue to boo retail for not being able to have all of them here). As always, the brightest spot in all things is you – my friends and chosen family in SF fandom, filk, SCA, UU community, and so many other places. You make every day a joy, and here is my annual wish for you (again acknowledging the final polish given to it by Callie – whom I do not have a Dreamwidth account name for so I cannot tag her this year):

– as the sun increases, so may your joys increase.
– as the nights become shorter, so may your sorrows shrink.
– as those you love surround you, feel my love there as well.
– may you be blessed by your Gods, be they within or without.
– may all your dearest dreams come to you in time.

Joyous Yule, Merry Christmas, Blessed Hanukkah, Happy Dong Zhi, and an Inspirational Kwanzaa to you all. May the best of this year follow you into the next.

Le Disque Compact Nouveau Est Arrivé!

We are back from FenCon and have the full shipment of CDs on hand.

The first step is to mail the CDs to those who pre-ordered – some have volunteered to receive their CDs at OVFF and this is especially appreciated for those outside the US. I will be conducting a survey to confirm this.

The second step is to get physical CDs available on CDBaby and Amazon. The downloads are available currently on Bandcamp and CDBaby.

The third step will be to contact filk dealers to find out who wants some.

And then we hitch up our Big Musician pants and get busy finishing the Irish CD.

The (First) CD Is Done!

Well, at least everything is done on the music end. Still tweaking the case content (fixing typos, that is) and hoping to have it ready for production the first of September.

The digital release on our bandcamp site should be open to the public on Tuesday, August 23.