I got out into the woods for a bit this morning, for the first time in a couple of weeks. It's still cold, but I was dressed for it. It was sunny, although a very light snow was falling, and beautiful if stark. I felt more joy of being alive than I have for many weeks, just marveling at the crisp air and the sunlight sparkling on the snow. I feel like I made a little bit of progress on my personal spiritual quest to understand the universe and the divine in it. As I came home, I heard the invocation before the inauguration, and I had the thought that while our human religions are pretty muddled, I feel there is some truth down there. There is love in the universe, and life is truly good.