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Mused Winter Solstice 2016 Sometimes it seems as if winter quotes make winter out to be a necessary evil which exists only for us to appreciate the subsequent warmth. Shelley: "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" Shakespeare: "Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York." Hugo: "Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face."

But winter is far more than a down against which to compare the subsequent ups. Winter is a powerful, magical time. It is a season of strength. Of looking inward and finding focus. Bob Seger stated, "I write probably 80 percent of my stuff over the winter." Terri Guillemets reminds us, "The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination." The Winter Solstice is a time to embrace the mysterious. The endless possibilities. The sense that we already have, within ourselves, boundless creativity and opportunity. We simply have to still ourselves and listen.

Winter is a powerful season. It gives us that space to look back and learn from our history. To look forward and envision what we wish to become. To be fully mindful of the present and be aware how each day has potential for us to speak out and impact the way our world proceeds. To move us toward peace, fulfillment, and an appreciation of what each of us has to offer.

Happy Winter Solstice.

Enjoy the Mused Winter Solstice 2016 Issue

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Pistachio Biscotti Recipe
Indian Food - Sadhana Ginde, Editor

Biscotti are delicious crunchy Italian cookies. In Italian, the name “biscotti” means twice baked which refers to the baking method for this particular cookie. My Indian version of biscotti is made with toasted pistachios & lovely warm Indian spices, just perfect for dipping in your tea (chai).

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Winding Hanks into Balls
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That beautiful hank of hand-painted yarn needs to be wound before you knit it! Here are tips on how to do this well.

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Ananda
Yoga - Korie Beth Brown, Editor

A Sanskrit word meaning ‘joy,’ ananda is a perfect focus for yoga practice.

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Every year at this time my brother visits from Perth



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