My biweekly column is up in today's Lakeville Journal (readable here with free registration). You will find it on page 1 below the fold if you have the print edition. The topic was the winter sky, though as readers of this blog know full well, that proved merely an opportunity to branch out and draw in many other thoughts and experiences: A taste:
"Two wanderers are dancing cheek to cheek on these December nights. Perhaps you have seen them stepping out in early evening, low in the sky with sinking Sagittarius. The brighter of the two is luminous Venus, a coy mistress who never lingers long. Her steady partner is Jupiter, holding down this particular patch of the celestial dance floor since the beginning of the year. Venus and Jupiter have made an assignation to renew their tryst in the dark before the dawn, but not until May of 2011. Come the New Year she will be off to other lovers — flirting first in Aquarius — leaving her partner with mad-eyed Mars. "