The Shortest Days

RIPR – There's something about this time of the year that leads many of us to real reflection. The wondrous winter solstice, the poignant anticipation of a new year, the swirl of holiday rituals all combine to sharpen our focus on the meaning of life, indeed the meaning of our lives. And isn't it special that we Rhode Islanders get to experience this on the very same soil that Roger Williams traveled, in a land that celebrates the freedom each one of us has to enjoy this season in whatever way we wish? Michael Fink certainly thinks so.

Michael Fink is an English professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has published columns in a wide range of local and national magazines and earned the Providence Journal's Metcalf Award and the National Conference for Community Justice Award, as well as the Never Again Award for journalism.

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