This is my first blog post!!!

Yes, a new beginning in the dead of winter. The major holidays are over, there is no longer a festive buffer from the freezing cold. The once pristine snow has worn out its welcome, it is now a dirty, semi-frozen mess and once easy paths have become icy, muddy traps. If it’s not snowing, it’s raining. If it’s not raining, it’s simply cold and grey. It is just winter. Not a small growing thing in sight.

It’s only fitting for A Light Circle to be born in the winter. After all, this is a blog that strives to bring a bit of sunshine to each visitor and show that light shines even in the coldest, darkest times.

And what a time it is! It’s winter 2017. If you’re feeling a bit down lately, maybe jaded by the news, or chilled from the weather, come into this Light Circle, warm yourself and feel at home.

What is this site exactly? Well, other than being my small corner, ahem circle, of the web, the first word that comes to mind is, sanctuary. As I build this site, add to it and improve it daily, this is the word that I envision for it right now. I want it to be a place where everyone can enjoy my art, photography, and writing. You can read more about the what’s and the why’s here: What is a Light Circle?

What a time to be alive right now! It can be thrilling, but also mind-boggling and disheartening. Especially for a person like me, who can still remember a time when we were dependent on mailing tangible letters to actual people. This is a time of incredible technological change, instant communication and echo chambers, information and misinformation, social barriers breaking down and borders being built, jobs disappearing and strange, new possibilities emerging. All this change happening at breakneck speed in many areas—physical and mental, disrupting established norms, while other areas can hardly keep up or have been left behind.

What to make of it all? What to think? What to do? There are many people eager to tell you, many voices in the fray. But I will try not to be one of them. After all, I am not an expert of any kind or a perfect person by any definition.

What I can do is see beauty, even in difficult circumstances. And I know I am not the only one, here’s a short story about that:

A few years ago, shortly after moving to Germany from the USA, I was having a difficult time adjusting to the big change. I felt people were judging me negatively as a foreigner. I wasn’t learning the language very well, despite spending nights studying so hard that I developed severe headaches. It all culminated on the evening of a wedding reception I was attending with my husband. No one at the party wanted to talk to me, my head was splitting in excruciating pain (from my previous night studying), I felt like garbage and looked as much. To make a long story short, the situation was quickly snowballing into a vicious cycle: I felt bad, I looked bad, I acted bad, no one wanted to be around me, this made me feel worse, and so on. I wanted to leave early, then my husband put his arms around me and directed my attention to the bride and groom slow dancing in the middle of the dance floor. He whispered, “Look at them dancing, they are so happy, they want to cherish this moment forever.” I quietly watched the beautiful couple dancing as if they were the only ones there. Their happiness making them as radiant as a spotlight in the darkness. They were moving in perfect harmony, slowly turning in graceful circles like porcelain figures on a wind-up music box. They were looking into each other’s eyes and smiling. I very nearly had a miserable time, but I, too, will always cherish that moment forever.

So let’s raise our imaginary champagne glasses to a toast on this blog’s maiden voyage! Here’s to happiness! Here’s to light! To a new beginning! Here’s to thriving in the face of difficult challenges, no matter what!

There is beauty in the dead of winter.

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Text and photos © M.P. Baecker and http://www.alightcircle.com 2017.

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