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Burning Away Our Woes

St. John's Fire

We celebrated Midsummer on Friday evening.  One can think of Midsummer or St. John's Tide as a time to improve our focus and buckle down for the remainder of the season.  It's the chance to turn inward and reflect in a season that is full of outward expressions.  The image of burning up our cares and weaknesses is a helpful one, too.  The day was dark and damp, but the sun came and cleared things off nicely.  I'll admit that I was feeling really quite low the whole day, but the hours with friends and food and fire were helpful.  After the children spent time catching fireflies, we took turns leaping over or adjacent to the fire.  I made note that the ring will have to be made a bit smaller next year, since some of us have short legs!  Then, we joined hands for circle dance and songs around the fire.  What a special time it was.

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(Anonymous)
Jun. 26th, 2016 11:51 am (UTC)
It sounds like a wonderful evening. And you are right, leaping over a fire can be unnerving for those of us with short legs. :) Stacey
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A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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