Message of the Month


In these December days, the darkest of the year in our hemisphere, we often look for ways to add light to our environments.  We burn candles, candles, and more candles.  We festoon trees, rooflines, and lots of other surfaces with strings of twinklers.  We gaze into our fireplaces – be they wood, gas, or electronic in nature.  Clearly, the human need for light is a powerful thing.  We can see this in the number of common phrases that include a reference to light.  Here are just a few:


All sweetness and light

At first light

Light hearted

Light headed

Light as a feather

Out like a light

Light it up

Get the green light

Light years away

In the cold light of day

Light at the end of the tunnel

Light of my life

Light of the world


A quick Internet search of "Quotes About Light" reveals page after page of interesting ideas.  Mathematicians, musicians, poets, and all manner of writers seem to have had something to say on the subject.


Oddly - or perhaps not, both Bram Stoker (Dracula) and Stephanie Meyer (Twilight series) have seemed to find the topic fascinating; vampires, despite what we've heard, apparently crave light in some (human) form – at least in these two tales.


Pythagoras and Plato both pondered the phenomenon of light.  Their words perhaps inspired many – among them Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, and Taylor Swift.


Many of my heroes have long been novelists and poets.  Lots of them have incorporated thoughts about light into their work.  If you are reading my blog, I would guess that you admire some of these people, too.  Here are a few choice quotes for your reading pleasure.


"Stories are light.  Light is precious in a world so dark.  Begin at the beginning…Make some light." 

(Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux)


"We've all got both light and dark inside us.  What matters is the part we choose to act on.  That's who we really are." 

(J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)


"She was bendable light; she shone around every corner of my day."

(Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl)


"May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out." 

(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring)


"How far that little candle throws his beams!  So shines a good deed in a weary world."

(William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice)


"Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That's how the light gets in."

(Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems)


"PHOSPHORESCENCE.  Now there's a word to lift your hat to … to find that phosphorescence, that light within, that's the genius behind poetry."

(Emily Dickenson)


Here is a little poem for you about light.  It is (very literally) mostly based upon several of the numerous dictionary definitions of the word.  Cheers (and light) to you!



Light By Definition

May your days

in this place

be easy to bear,

easy to do -

at least sometimes.

May you move

with ease, moderately;

coming to rest, and

departing suddenly,

as you choose –

once in awhile.

May you feel

merry, happy,

dizzy, giddy,

and more –

on occasion.

May you make

it yourself,

of yourself,

if you like -

in order to

have little weight

or lack seriousness.

May you know

that you are

all kinds of shine,

and may you live

all the luster

that you crave.

Stella Castella