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The traditions and celebrations described in this book provide an opportunity to pause and reflect on our natural world's dependence upon the cycles of the Earth and Sun. The suggested readings and activities provide a framework for celebrating what we know about these cycles and for sharing our curiosity about what we still have yet to learn, inspiring a sense of wonder about our universe and our place within it.An actor, artist, and educator, Jim Donovan shares the traditions and practices he and his family have developed over the years in a helpful, informative, and entertaining guide for those who would like to establish their own traditions celebrating the seasons. Jim provides a step-by-step guide to celebrating the Summer and Winter Solstices. The book includes specific readings and activities accompanied by engaging photographs:Learn how to make and decorate your own grapevine wreath, the centerpiece of the Solstice celebrations. Follow a detailed description of how to celebrate the longest day and the longest night, including how to make special foods like the Winter Solstice Rice Loaf and how to make special Summer Solstice crafts with children. Enjoy classic poems and original readings, selected especially for each season. Learn about how to incorporate the cycles of nature into daily living, with many resources to start your own celebrations.
About the Author
Jim is an actor, director, artist, and educator who has played lead and character roles, in regional theaters and in television and film. He is also a practiced carpenter, craftsman, and mason, an award-winning gardener and skilled bow hunter. Jim most recently played the role of the accountant and lawyer in the new Netflix show Brown Nation and appeared as Michael in the film The Mutineer, released in October 2017. Jim has been engaged in his local community bringing theater to the schools as well as working with other area residents on environmental and artistic causes. Jim initiated an annual Music and Arts Festival that thrived for ten seasons, served on the township Planning Board for five years, and was recipient of the 2005 Monmouth County Volunteer of the Year award. Jim has provided dynamic and engaging talks about the Solstices, about the Viking explorations of Lans Aux Meadows, and about the history at Bell Labs, Holmdel to local schools and community groups.For more about Jim and Seasons in Mind, visit seasonsinmind.com and jimtdonovan.comElise is a writer and recently retired professor of English and Dean of Arts and Humanities at Union County College.