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Happy Solstice

Goethe's final words: "More light." Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that's been our unifying cry: "More light." Sunlight. Torchlight. Candlight. Neon. Incandescent. Lights to banish the darkness from our caves, to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier's field. Little tiny flashlight for those books we read under the covers when we're supposed to be asleep. Light is more than watts and footcandles. Light is metaphor. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet." "‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light." "‘Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom. Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home. Lead Thou me on!"  "Arise, shine, for thy light has come." Light is knowledge. Light is life. Light is light.

--TV character Chris Stevens’ speech from the "Northern Lights" episode of Northern Exposure

December 21, 2008:

At the winter solstice, when we experience the year’s shortest day and longest night, I think of the “Northern Lights” episode from the television series Northern Exposure.  It’s the episode where all the residents of Cicely, Alaska, turn out to witness the unveiling of a giant light sculpture by the town’s resident deejay, philosopher and poet-artist, Chris Stevens (played by John Corbett).  The sculpture is erected with lights of every kind that Chris has begged, borrowed or stolen from his neighbors’ homes and businesses, and the result is spectacular: it becomes a symbol of the community, because each piece of the grand sculpture, which runs the entire length of the town, can be traced back to its various owners.

Equally wonderful is the speech Chris makes before he flips the switches and unveils it to the town. You can read it below. Enjoy, and Happy Solstice everyone!

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