, Newburyport, MA


December 20, 2013

Illuminating the solstice

A chilly walk on Amesbury's Deer Island welcomes winter


Walking back to the car, I hung back a few steps to savor the moment as best I could. My oldest boy, Derek, walked hand-in-hand with his friend Taylor as their lanterns lit their way. They chatted of everyday stuff — iPods, school and the like — but I also overheard them talk of the solstice and what that meant.

With the recent snow and the arrival of winter, I invite you to take comfort in an old Yankee adage my grandmother taught me decades ago: “When the cold begins to strengthen, the days begin to lengthen.”


Justin Chase is an avid naturalist who lives in Amesbury and grew up in Newburyport. He is the author of the blog Outdoors, By Cracky! Visit his website at or contact him via email at




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