It isn’t just winter, but winter is definitely a factor. When the darkness inside is matched by the darkness outside, it’s harder to break out into the light again. The longer I stay in my cave, the easier it is to consider not coming out again. This happens two or three times a year, less often now than in the past. It’s unconnected to anything external, but can be deeply affected by the external. Over-extending my energies, and choosing to keep my eyes open to the tragedy that is the stuff of everyday life are part of it.
A few of the events and ongoings that have contributed lately:
But these aren’t appropriate subjects for a writing blog, and most people probably don’t want to be bothered by such unpleasantness, especially during the spending orgy that is the Christmas season. After all, everything about American culture is based on allowing people to pretend that war, torture, rape, brutalization of children, loss of freedom, etc., don’t really exist. So I’m starting another blog to put those issues front and center. When it’s set up and has some content, I’ll post the name and URL here.