It’s easy to love October, with her blazing red and orange leaves, and the chance to break out the sweaters that have sat on a shelf all summer. It’s just as easy to love May, when all of the snow finally melts, the grass turns green, and the flowers burst forth with color.
As much as we enjoy Christmas, there a few people who would call December their favorite month.
As an outdoor runner in all weathers, I’ve gained an appreciation for December. The gray skies, the ochre branches, the brown grasses, the white snow, have an understated, almost monochromatic loveliness, a beauty for those who seek it.
This December, we’re pleased to present three pieces that all draw on the winter landscape. Melissa Dalton-Bradford’s poem, “1988, Knee Deep in Snow” draws on a specific experience the author had while tromping through the winter weather, expecting her first child. Darlene Young’s poem, “You and I Were the Angels” evokes the clear crispness of a December night, when angels joined in song to herald Christ’s birth.
We’re very pleased to present Jennifer Quist’s essay, “The Barometer.” Quist, the Canadian author of one of my favorite novels of 2013 Love Letters of the Angel of Death, writes evocatively about how the bleakness of winter reminds her of a medical trial, and the complicated feelings that came along with it.
We hope that you enjoy this December issue of Segullah, and are able to take a few moments to find beauty in the gray skies of winter.
Shelah Mastny Miner
Table of Contents:
“The Barometer.” by Jennifer Quist
Coming soon: archived content from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue
February 2014, no issue
April 2013 — Special Issue: 2013 Contest Winners
March 2013 — Special Issue: Mormonism and Disability
Featured Artist: Annie Henrie
Segullah Volume 9 Spring/Summer 2012
“Justice and Mercy”
Featured Artist: Amanda M. Smith
Featured artist: Cindy Ferguson
“Inside and Outside Marriage”
Featured artist: Maralise Petersen
Featured artist: Rebecca Wetzel Wagstaff
“Gifts of the Spirit”
Featured artist: Leslie Graff
Featured artist: Lee Bennion
“Palette of Light”
Featured artist: Sharon Furner
“Roots and Branches”
Featured artist: Mandi Mauldin Felici
Featured artist: Jacqui Larsen
Featured artist: Jamie Wayman
“Cleave Unto Charity”
Featured artist: Rose Datoc Dall
“Women Proclaiming the Gospel”
“Corridors of Change”
Featured artist: Claire Ferguson
“The Measure of Creation”
Cover art by Victoria Holt