Surprising December

It is more than two weeks, yet, until the Winter Solstice, but the afternoons do not get much shorter than they are these first days of December. At four-thirty on Monday, the incoming afternoon boat passed, its west facing side drawing from the fading sky whatever sunlight was lingering among the clouds.
The field was white from snow that fell in the night and into the morning, enough to cause slippery roads and delay the start of school, to make the first part of the day dreary, with no promise of sunshine and

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