My Solstice Gift to You

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Astoria Oregon, even in the dead of winter, is full of so many gifts. That we can be on the edge of the continent ā€“ a Columbia River estuarine blend of salty ocean and mountain snow. That the sun is shining on this shortest day of the year. That the hawk just visited our birdfeeder, but the little birds saw him first, so he settles on wire with a grumpy shake of his tail before he flies back into the forest. That on a winter morning we can see dawn reflected off the windows of our neighbor across the river, but the color shows up only in the water; the windows above stay dark-filled. That there are places downtown that invite us in to draw all winter long, maybe even a little pot-bellied fire for warmth.

I love this town. Its gritty, rusty, creosoted and moldy beauty. I wish it a peaceful Solstice, and you as well.

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4 thoughts on “My Solstice Gift to You

  1. Thank you Christi for your drawings and your words that express so well why so many of us LOVE Astoria and its surrounds…
    Happy SOLSTICE!

  2. Thank you so much for reminding me how much and what I love about Astoria. As always your imagery and calligraphy are compelling and joyful.

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