I never really understood the whole solstice thing; I only knew I needed to add it to my holiday greetings along with Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. Otherwise, I would be deemed politically incorrect. By whom, I have yet to figure out. If I'm not mistaken, the solstice itself has something to do with the sun reaching its maximum declination from the equatorial plane. Or is that an equinox? And here I thought my astronomy classes would stick with me throughout life. But the Winter Solstice offers reason to explore "the regenerative grace of darkness and the redemptive power of light through a montage of song, ceremony, music, ritual, poetry and dance," according to The Winter SolstiCelebration starts 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road. The event is free, but donations are accepted. Call 214-446-0707 or visit
Tue., Dec. 19, 7 p.m.
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Rich Lopez