4 January 2016 Monday — a pome a day…
Outside, the freezing desert night.
Inside, this other night grows warm, kindling….
—Rumi (Jalal-ad-din Rumi 1207-1273)
Winter is the time for comfort,
for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand
and for a talk beside the fire:
it is a time for the home.
—Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)
I love to watch the fine mist of the night come on,
The windows and the stars illumined, one by one,
The rivers of dark smoke pour upward lazily,
And the moon rise and turn them silver. I shall see
The springs, the summers, and the autumns slowly pass;
And when old Winter puts his blank face to the glass,
I shall close all my shutters, pull the curtains tight,
And build me stately palaces by candlelight.
― Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)
Les Fleurs du Mal 
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4 January — family ancestor saints of the day
St Ferreolus of Uzes (-581), generation 48 grandfather
St. Pharaildis (650-740), generation 45 aunt
Also called Vareide, Varelde, Veerle, and Verylde, a patron saint of Ghent. A Flemish maiden, she was compelled to marry against her will and was subsequently abused by her husband for refusing to consummate the union. She also apparently irritated her husband with her nighttime visits to churches. Pharaildis is honored as a miracle worker.
Patron of Bruay, France; childhood diseases; difficult marriages; Ghent, Belgium; victims of abuse; widows.