According to, sunset tonight is 5:27 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, after 9 hours, 30 minutes, and 22 seconds of daylight. That’s 15 seconds more daylight than we had last year on the same momentous occasion.

I’m grateful for every extra second. I get this way every year, feeling a deep kinship with those ancient pagans who lit bonfires to bring back the sun. I would do that, too, if I thought it would help.

“I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining.” Keep the faith.

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost.

[Plenty of commentary on the internet; here’s mine.]

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Image: “Las Golczewski zima,” Radosław Drożdżewski (Zwiadowca21), CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.