Monthly Archives: December 2019

I wonder…

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
Lewis Carroll

JRR Tolkien – Father Christmas,1934

An inventory of light

My humble words about celebrating Christmas in Romania have been included in the Spillwords December Newsletter:

“Christmas in Romania means drummers dressed up in bearskins to spook evil spirits and joyous children in colorful apparel chanting at doorways: ‘Do you welcome the Christmas Eve’s carolers?'”
Iulia Halatz

“Christmas in New York is an experience of the heart; the grand tree at Rockefeller Center, the Christmas Spectacular and dancing Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, exquisite Department Store window displays, Santas and roasting chestnuts on every corner.”
Phyllis P. Colucci

“Christmas is the spirit of sharing selflessly under all circumstances….”
Hema Ravi

“‘Christmas is our childhood reawakening, evoking memories of participating in spiritual awakening at Christmas.12 reasons of the season to think of those without and of family members no longer here.”
Robin McNamara

“For me, Christmas means people getting together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I love joining in the community carol-singing at a local housing estate. Magical if it is snowing.”
Denise D’Souza

“Christmas in Australia is a multicultural feast of food and summertime love.”
Fotoula Reynolds

“Christmas is the most joyous day of the year. As we celebrate Christ’s birth and reflect on our blessings, it is time to look forward to the New Year. Christmas is a time to rejoice with our families and loved ones.”
Mary Bone

“Christmas is not just a Christian holiday. It is a celebration of another year in the enigmatic journey of life. In my part of the world (Los Angeles), it is like the opening number of La La Land.”
Alex Andy Phuong

“Imagine sitting in the cool of the evening, sipping chilled Marlborough Sauvignon as the sun sinks into the horizon hazed by the embers of a mellow summer’s day, wind-kissed manuka blooms blushed by sundown.”
Elizabeth Barton

“Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But to me, it always conjures these words to my mind: fellowship, community, love, friendship, family, companionship.”
Linda Crate

Art by Carl Ivar Gilbert.

A 19th-Century Guide to Euclid’s Geometry Reborn as an Interactive Site

Designer Nicholas Rougeux created an interactive version of one of the first multicolor books, which turned Euclid’s pivotal geometric ideas into visual diagrams

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Christmas Eve

Celebrate the Wonder and the Joy of the Festive Season.
Happy Christmas!

“Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
William Butler Yeats

Art – Gustave Dore

Have a Creepy Little Christmas with These Unsettling Victorian Cards

Have a Creepy Little Christmas with These Unsettling Victorian Cards
by Allison Meier

“Anthropomorphic cats, murderous frogs, and insects dancing by the moonlight aren’t exactly part of our Christmas card tradition today.”

Language is not like the sun…

Language is not like the sun, heating and scorching, but like the moon, keeping secrets and the arcane magic of the night, throwing stars in the lilacs’ claws till dawn.” -Iulia Halatz

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Have a most fortunate day in all your hermetic activities!

Art – Wassily Kandinsky, 1907

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Morning Mist
By Iulia Halatz

The mist that
covers my heart
is thick
numbing mornings
and evenings
with the sagacity
of a cubist artifact.

It comes in layers
clinging with fetid fingers
on to the gargoyles
of the old mansion
our love has become.

No surprise from
any shadow
No brush
with velveteen
acts of tenderness.

Dragons and starlings
seem nearer
in the dancey mists

Love is uncovered
in a smile
at first light…
Is that enough?

© Iulia Halatz

Photography art – Grace M.Ballentine – Morning Mist

Iulia Halatz
She says: “Be the one who cares, make words so disruptive that they create new worlds, hopes and dreams. Even if we are unhappy dinosaurs and find shelter in an Iron Tale or ruminate about feeling too much, whilst declaring colorless apparel, we should take power and strength from our stories.”
Her published poems can be found in The Sudden Denouement Anthology Volume I.