By Mary Friedel-Hunt
The darkness has arrived. Days are shorter and often gray. Winter is approaching, knocking on our doors, so to speak. We had our first snow of the season on Nov. 11. It did not amount to much more than a reminder that more is coming. We are entering the season I associate with cocoon time — time to go within, be still, seek solitude as we also enjoy some silent winter sports like cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, quiet conversations with friends around a fire, cooking up some stews and chili and breads, and enjoying the beauty of the snow as it graces the Earth.
Winter is, in my opinion, a reminder that in our rushed and way too busy society,