I have been reading many wise and beautiful things about the dark lately,
all thanks to wonderful Magaly's All Hallow's Grim: So Good, So Dark.
Many have commented on the philosophical, social and figurative meanings
and implications of darkness, but I have found myself thinking a lot about
the actual dark - the absence of light; The Night.
I have a life long love affair with darkness.
Ever since I can remember, I have preferred night time.
As a child I stayed up late, watching scary movies. My creative juices
couldn't flow during daytime. Sunlight hurt my eyes and made me cranky.
6 years ago I moved out into the country side, alone. Far away from street lights,
traffic and busy people. When winter arrived, the nights (and days) were longer
and darker than any I had ever known before. For the first time in my life
I was completely alone in pitch blackness. The few times the power went out
the world disappeared. And something inside me finally went silent, and calm.
Every time I go outside to call the cats at night, I am reminded of my choice
- the best one I ever made. The sounds of the night animals, the cold, still air.
The city as only a faint light on the horizon, the sky full of stars. And the moon!
Like nothing you've ever seen. My eyes can rest, as can my mind.
Out here I am protected from the world and I feel free. I am safe in the dark.
Thank you to Magaly for hosting this lovely party!
On to the announcement of the winners of my GIVEAWAY!
First of all I'd like to send a big thanks to everyone
who signed up for my giveaway, and to my new followers!
I have received so much blog love these last few weeks,
and it has really meant a lot to me in this stressful time.
And now; Congratulations to the two "down under dwellers"
Please email me your addresses as soon as possible.
There are packages of goodies waiting for you!