“A Reason For The Season”

Within the hope of Christmas, the Winter Solstice and other cultural holidays, comes the unbelievable tragedy of Newtown, Conn. Our hearts are broken.

Lady Nyo


I saw the Cooper’s hawk this morning. She landed on the chimney pot, probably looking for my miniature hen, Grayson. Four years ago she was a starved fledging who mantled over while I fed her cold chicken. She’s back this holiday, my spirits lifting. A good Christmas present.

In the middle of the commercialization of the season, Nature closes the gap. I have noticed squirrels with pecans in mouths leaping the trees, hawks hunting low over now-bare woods, unknown song birds sitting on fences, heard the migration of Sandhill cranes as they honk in formation. You hear their cacophony well before they appear.

There is brightness to the holly, washed by our early winter rains and the orange of the nandina berries has turned crimson. Smell of wood smoke in the air and the crispness of morning means some of nature is going to sleep. We humans should reclaim our past and join the slumber party of our brother bears.

Jingle Bells will fade and our tension with it. Looking towards deep winter when the Earth is again silent will restore our balance and calm nerves with a blanket of peace.

Jane Kohut-Bartels
Copyrighted, 2009. 2012

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18 Responses to ““A Reason For The Season””

  1. tashtoo Says:

    I would love to join that slumber. To dedicate a season to reflection and family. Evenings round a fire where stories are told and not shared on glowing screens. We have lost our path, and have been content to try to seek it out on our own. We need help. Togetherness. Support. Love. This was wonderful, a soft sigh whispered in the face of recent events…I will not lose hope for better.


  2. brian miller Says:

    i love that nature fills that gap…and winter will be a time of rest that allows us hopefully to recover some of the equivibrium…a pause…a quiet…


  3. dreamersteve Says:

    words seldom tell with such beauty…thank you..


  4. ManicDdaily Says:

    Hope so. In the City yesterday, I saw a squirrel dive into a closed trash can (flip lid type). I was thinking I should tell someone as I imagined the next person to put trash in to get bitten, and lo and behold the squirrel jumps out. Crazy.

    Lovely descriptions here. k.


  5. ladynyo Says:

    There is always a reason for the season. Otherwise, we are dead and ignoring it.

    Squirrels aren’t that aggressive. Now, if you saw a racoon in a trash can…I wouldn’t bother it.

    thanks for reading and your comment.



  6. ladynyo Says:

    Your are welcome Steve. Thank you for reading and your lovely comment.
    Lady Nyo


  7. ladynyo Says:

    Winter is my favorite season, Brian. It’s a chance to slow down, to appreciate the silence and stillness outside. It should reflect what is inside.

    Thanks for reading….



  8. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Tash….you have it. Exactly. Those glowing screens are no substitute for the connection between people.

    Over the years I have learned this: we have to make time, we have to do the work…or put aside those conventional things.. to make this happen. And the blessings are so much more than what we could hope for.

    Thank you for reading, Tash.



  9. hypercryptical Says:

    What beauty and wonderful imagery in your words – a pleasure to read – and you have left me quite elated (on a sorry day for me). Thank you.

    Anna :o]


  10. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you so much, Anna. And may your next day be a better one.



  11. laura hegfield Says:

    so beautiful Jane… especially that last line, exquisite!


  12. ladynyo Says:

    Hey Laura!

    Thank you so much for reading this piece. And leaving a comment. I’ll be around later today!

    Best of the Holidays to you, dear!



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  16. ladynyo Says:

    Hi!, Well, brousing at work is fine if you don’t get in trouble. This entry won’t but “A Kapitany, Chapter 27 will. LOL!

    Welcome and thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

    Lady Nyo


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  18. ladynyo Says:

    How Nice and unexpected this morning to read this comment.

    Thank you, Katharina!

    Lady Nyo


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