Giftmas comes but once a year, and I’ve participated for several years now. Rhonda Parrish, author and anthologist, creates this annual event in aid of the Edmonton (Alberta) Food Bank – this year she’s aiming to bring light to someone’s darkness. And if you can’t donate to the Edmonton Food Bank here, then why not put a few things aside and take them to your local food bank? Or a present package for kids who won’t otherwise get one. Or many other ways of bringing some sunshine into an otherwise dull life.
But please, reduce the candlepower in these dark nights, and turn the lights off before you go to bed–give all those who need to recover in darkness a chance to do so.
This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post, in which we share our successes and failures as writers, our insecurities, in fact. Anyone can join in, just sign up at the IWSG Sign-up page, write a blog post on the first Wednesday of the month, and go back to that sign up page to link with everyone else–or a goodly sample. Our host is Alex J Cavanaugh, and cohosting this month are:
Too much light in darkness
I am seriously worried about all the light that is being poured into our skies at night. Apart from the wasted electricity–goodness knows we need to save the planet by not using so much of that–all this light is killing not only nocturnal creatures, but ourselves.
I knew about the disappearance of hundreds of types of insects including moths from our countryside where light pours from highway and security lights into spaces that should be dark at night.
The irony of security lights is that by keeping observers reliant on ‘day’-light, intruders can keep to the shadows and do their deeds undetected.
Worse than that, it skews whole populations of animals into giving birth at the wrong time, when there is no food for the offspring, and for making them not reproduce at all, since they don’t get the signals from the moon they expect. If coral doesn’t reproduce, it dies. So do all the small fish that rely on it. If turtle hatchlings head for the lights of cities when they think that’s the moon, they die. A whole raft of creatures that would come together as plankton don’t. That means there is less for fish to eat. Then there are fewer fish for us to eat…
All because we are producing too much light, not only near the sea, but everywhere. You can read Johan Ekloff’s new book The Darkness Manifesto and make up your own mind. Basically, we are killing our planet in many ways, but too much light is the most easily remedied.
Light in darkness was welcome in primitive times. It provides hope and safety where there seems to be none. We all need a light some time.
A light. Not several thousand strung around every house in the neighbourhood.
What can you do?
Please, please, this holiday season… Have a care for those for whom light in the wrong place at the wrong time leads to sleep disturbance, mental illness, physical incapacity, and loss of the food supply chain.
Turn off the lights. Enjoy the stars, or the sight of blinking lights as planes (and satellites) pass overhead.
We don’t need to light up all our buildings to prove how important and successful we are.
Let’s be successful by saving our planet instead.
- Donate to the charity of your choice (like the Edmonton Food Bank)
- Give time if you can’t give money
- Write stories that help people understand they can change things for the better
- Bring hope
- Bring a light in the darkness.
And the Question of the month…
Are the holidays a time to catch up or fall behind on writer goals?
Neither. Holidays are holidays. I do not schedule anything for holidays. Oh, except for reading. I generally finish all my reading challenges for the end of the year, and possibly do some planning in the week between Christmas and New Year. This year I’ll be doing the same as last, but with Volume 2 of Stephen Sondheim’s memoirs. Reading the books with the lyrics and comments, and listening to the music. It worked for me last year. 🙂
See you in the New Year, if you don’t nip back for any of my festive goodies later in the month, like my hopefully hilarious Year in Books (which is great for copying to your own blog and filling in your own titles) – copy last year’s.
See what others have been doing about Giftmas 22 – Light in Darkness here:
Giftmas 2022 Light in Darkness Schedule
Tuesday, November 28: Introduction blog post — https://www.patreon.com/RhondaParrish
Tuesday, November 29: Laura VanArendonk Baugh — https://LauraVanArendonkBaugh.com
Wednesday, November 30: Samantha L. Strong — http://www.tiktok.com/@samanthalstrong
Thursday, December 1: Beth Cato — https://www.bethcato.com/
Friday, December 2: Ashley — https://ilovebooksandstuffblog.wordpress.com/
Saturday, December 3: Paula Johanson — https://www.doublejoybooks.com/
Sunday, December 4: Iseult Murphy — http://Iseultmurphy.com
Monday, December 5: Stephanie Cain — www.stephaniecainonline.com/blog
Tuesday, December 6: Stephanie L. Weippert — www.patreon.com/stephanieweippert
Wednesday, December 7: Jemima Pett — https://jemimapett.com
Thursday, December 8: Wrap-up post — https://www.rhondaparrish.com/home