The Winter Solstice And
The Rebirth Of The Sun

Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, when the sun is at its lowest and weakest. It’s a turning point, after which the light grows stronger and brighter until it reaches its apex at the Summer Solstice in June. The Romans knew the solstice as Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun. I love the sound of that, the way it beckons us remember that, though our powers may wane, we are unconquered and immortal souls.


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Kinfolk is a magazine, a blog, a roving dinner party, a “movement” I first learned about about a year ago. It’s one of the most heartfelt, organic, beautiful things I’ve seen, a testament to what we can create when we create from a place of love, and bring forth the things of our heart.

As they say in their manifesto, Kinfolk is “a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings.” They feel that entertaining should be “simple, uncomplicated and less contrived” — and they’ve created a whole universe in which the world they envision comes true a thousand times and in a thousand different ways. 


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Or Thanksgiving All Year Long

Thanksgiving is the one holiday that has the sole purpose of bringing people together around the dinner table just so they can spend time together (okay, and eat a really delicious meal). A whole holiday dedicated to connecting? I’m all in. So in that I’ve decided that, from now on, I’m to have Thanksgiving all year long. In other words, I’m going to treat every day like the opportunity to connect it really is. I’m going to step out of my protective Cancer crab shell and take more risks, in order to connect more deeply, with more people than ever before. 


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Billy Reid’s Shindig

Billy Reid: Southern Hospitality on

The life of Florence, Alabama-based womenswear and menswear designer Billy Reid is so insanely beautiful, authentic and inspired it’ll have you wanting to decamp to some sleepy town in the Deep South…if only to prove that it isn’t so sleepy after all. Florence Alabama alone, which the New York Times dubbed the fashion capital of the deep South (never mind that moniker only shows up in the Google search, and never in the article itself). Florence alone is home to Billy Reid and filmmaker turned designer Natalie Chanin’s Project Alabama, (since re-dubbed Alabama Chanin), the fashion house that found its place in the fashion firmament by combining high fashion with a community revitalization project that employs local women ages 20 to 70, former factory workers, retired teachers, widows, stay-at-home moms, and secretaries who help sew Alabama Chanin’s one-of-a-kind, handmade garments. Alabama Music Hall of Fame is just down the highway, and if you stop on in, you’ll learn a thing or two about Alabama native son Hank Williams and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, which influenced the sounds of Aretha Franklin and so many more. You’ll even find a Frank Lloyd Wright house right there in Florence, the only one of its kind open to the public in the deep South.

But I digress. There’s a whole world of riches in the Deep South — and just about any place if you look with an open mind. But this is about Billy Reid. Billy’s life is a living example of what a fully realized life can look like — and a reminder that sometimes our best life can only be accessed by riding the stormy waves that life sometimes brings until it carries us to some new shore. Billy rode his wave to Florence, Alabama, where he hosts his annual Shindig each year. One of these days, Billy Reid is going to invite me to his Shindig. Until then, I’ve got this video from, one of the most inspired destinations on the Web.


One. Because, when his business failed on the heels of an economy turned south, Reid and family packed up and moved his family to that deeper, sweeter South.

Two. Because Reid created a new reality — and invited us all along.

Three. Because, in rebuilding his business, Reid rose like a Phoenix from the ash.


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