what will it be?


Today is my birthday. 62 years. I am sitting at my desk watching snow fall so beautifully on the trees beyond my window. This always seems like the true beginning of the year, the day of the Epiphany (even though I’m not a Christian). My own faithful Oxford dictionary is a little disappointing when it comes to defining “epiphany”, choosing to stress its Christian context. But the Merriam-Webster is a little more interesting and I’m wondering if or what the illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure might be:

Definition of epiphany



  1. 1 capitalized :  January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ

  2. 2 :  an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being

  3. 3 a (1) :  a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) :  an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) :  an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure b :  a revealing scene or moment

12 thoughts on “what will it be?”

  1. Happy Birthday, Theresa! What a perfect birthday description for you! Blessings from Harold, born on Ephipany Eve

  2. Happy, happy birthday, T! I LOVE this piece. I never thought about epiphany beyond the religious sense. Does explain a lot about why I’m sitting here writing in my favourite cafe, on a gorgeous, perfect winter day, editing the draft of my first book, and feeling so full of promise for 2017. It has felt over the past weeks that certain things are clicking, falling into place; it has been a time of moving through blocking thoughts that have been tugging at my hem. Gone, they are, gone. And those days are getting longer, every day…. Love to you xo

  3. Happy Birthday Theresa! An excellent day for a birthday: early in a fresh, new year, the days gradually lengthening, the earth slowly beginning to warm…

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