Winter Light

One of my favorite annual events in Taos is the Lighting of Ledoux, which kicks off the winter holiday season.

Ledoux is a charming little street near the plaza, and the Harwood Museum along with merchants and galleries host with bonfires, hot cider, and sweets. We all come out to walk around, get a sugar fix, and see folks we may not have seen in awhile.

My friend lives across the street from Ledoux and hosts an open house every year, as well. I’ve been a few times and though I’m always happy to be invited, I generally pop in and pop out, keeping my introverted self safe and comfortable with just enough social contact to avoid full-blown hermit status.

But Saturday night something was different. Instead of doing my usual make-an-appearance and run back home, I was compelled to stay longer and have real conversations, to dig deeper. Instead of having quick catch-ups, I had questions for these interesting, creative people I know. I wanted to learn more about what they’ve been up to, and how, and why.

I wanted to engage and expand, and let a little bit of myself out in the process. I wanted to be more vulnerable, and curious, and have a real two-way experience.


The upshot is, it felt great. I learned more about people I’ve known for ages, got new ideas and inspiration for my own work, and left feeling like a more connected member of my community.

Have you had this experience, where you’ve made a shift in how you interact with the world? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

I’m crediting my shift to the super moon that was out this weekend. I made a few photos with my iPhone, so the quality isn’t great in the low light, but to me they convey the magic of winter nights.

Winter Light

This beautiful arrangement welcomed strollers and shoppers.

Winter Light

If there had been graham crackers and chocolate, I would have totally jumped in on this.

Winter Light

Thank you for the guidance, moon.

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  1. Emilie Vardaman December 5, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    Good for you for staying out. I, too, am introverted and skip out early – if I even bother to go. Often I just stay home. But our little town does have a monthly art walk – galleries open late, snacks, wine. I almost always do that for a little while.
    Push yourself! I will try to do the same.
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    • deonne December 5, 2017 at 9:12 am #

      Let’s expand our worlds a little! I will if you will, Emilie. That art walk sounds lovely and well worth getting out of the house for. 🙂

  2. Sherry in MT December 5, 2017 at 11:18 am #

    You did good kid. I love the shot of the lights in the flowers – so pretty and I’d have joined those kids for marshmallows! I am so proud you broke out of your comfort zone as well. I’ve tried that (really) but not with your success. Staying an introvert for now….LOL Honestly I’m not as introverted as I thought, I just know I do better not in group/party type situations (maybe it is just the ones I have tried) but really love one on one. I cannot tell you the amazing stories I hear from the seniors where Sterling and I visit every month!
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    • deonne December 6, 2017 at 8:31 am #

      Thanks, Sherry! I’m with you on one-on-one, which is what I took a little deeper at the party. I absolutely love that you and Sterling visit the seniors! You’re an inspiration. <3

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