((I didn’t have time this week to compose a poem of my seasonal favorites for the fourth week of Blaga’s Season Challenge, so this is more of a “list” of favorites. I hope you still enjoy it. 🙂 ))
Favorite Winter word – Solstice. I love the sound of this word as it rolls off the tongue. Not only that, but it’s a reminder that soon the days will be getting longer again and the darkness of winter will eventually fade away.
Favorite Winter quote – “Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours.” ~ Robert Byrne. This just makes me laugh because it’s so true! 😀
Favorite Winter poem – “Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening“ by Robert Frost. This is also one of my all-time favorite poems, ever, not just for winter. I love the way Frost wove his words – I find his poetry so lyrical and consider him one of the poetical giants.
Favorite Winter book – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (1st in the Chronicles of Narnia series) by C.S. Lewis because this is where we first meet the Snow Queen! And in literature, she is one of the most well-known of Winter characters.
Favorite Winter song – “The Rose” by Bette Midler. Many might not think of this as a “winter” song, but there is a line near the end which mentions winter and it’s one of the most powerful lines in the whole song, in my opinion. This song is a terrific metaphor for Love and has a classic appeal that so many people have found beautiful.
Favorite Winter movie – I almost said Fargo, because that’s such a great movie, but there is one I like even more: Never Cry Wolf. If you like wolves at all, you owe it to yourself to see this movie. It’s not for everyone – many might find it boring because it doesn’t have all the flash, special effects and an all-star cast of famous celebrities. But it’s still an incredible flick. It is based on a true story, of “Farley Mowat – a government researcher who studied the wolves in the arctic. One of the best films about man and his relationship to the animals and nature around him. Three subtle themes come through in this film that anyone who has ever spent time alone in the wilderness will note. Solitude, Silence and Melancholy…”
Favorite Winter town – I couldn’t decide on a favorite for this. On the one hand, I’d much rather be on a sunny beach somewhere in the wintertime. On the other hand, snow and ice have their own, special brand of appeal. So since I couldn’t decide, I’m leaving this one blank. 😛
Favorite Winter animal – (Surprise, surprise) the wolf. I’ve always been fascinated by wolves, since I was very young. I’m still fascinated by them and they are one of my favorite “causes” to try and help. When I lived in Indiana, I got the unique opportunity to get “up close and personal” with a pack of wolves at a place called Wolf Park. This refuge is a tremendous resource for those who want to learn more about them. Also, here are a couple of videos about some fantastic organizations who fight hard to protect wolves from things like aerial hunting and the gassing of pups in their dens: Never Cry Wolf Rescue and Adoptions and Defenders of Wildlife. If you’re as passionate about these majestic symbols of the wild as I am, please consider donating to help them out! Every little bit helps. 🙂
Favorite Winter flower – Glory of the snow
Favorite Winter food – Most people think of Chili, but I prefer Chicken Chili Con Queso Dip with tortilla chips! This is perfect for warming a body up in the winter and it makes a fab appetizer for parties! MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
Favorite Winter image – When I think of Winter, the image that usually jumps to my mind is a snowflake or snow crystal.
This image happens to be a favorite not just because it’s beautiful (although it definitely is that!) but because of the man behind it, who took the photograph. Dr. Masaru Emoto is a Japanese scientist who studied water crystals and the effects of positive and negative thoughts on water. His results are nothing short of astounding, and for those skeptics who think this is “psuedo-science”, when one considers that so much of the human body is composed of water, and thoughts are a form of energy, it makes more sense. After all, the mind has tremendous power to heal the human body, so why would it not have the power to affect simple water molecules?
For those of you interested, Dr. Emoto wrote a book about his studies, called “The Hidden Messages in Water”.