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A Monday meander: Autumn weather

On the road this morning.

For a lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us everyday.

~ Evelyn Underhill, Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness 

Rainy, windy day.

Our weather finally took a turn towards autumn today.  Rainy, windy, grey, and blessedly cool.  We will be back in the 80’s tomorrow (with mid 70’s for lows), but that looks to be a temporary situation that will be edged out by another front that will lower the temperatures again later in the week.

High tide on the road.

It was dark when I rolled out of bed early this morning.  (I really do roll out.  We have a waterbed and if you’ve been on a waterbed, you know that it’s difficult to get out of one unless you roll.)  By the time the sky lightened as a result of a sunrise unseen due to heavy cloud cover, it was raining.  The rain went from moderate to misty while I waffled between going outside for a walk and getting on the treadmill.

The trunk of a tree I’ve been exchanging greetings with while out on my walks.

The outdoors won.  The treadmill provides a great workout.  It also provides something we don’t have on the Eastern Shore — hills.  But I wanted to be outside today, enjoying the misty rain and gusty wind.  Because of the wind and the rain, the big camera stayed at home and I took photos with my phone.

The rest of the tree.

I was a little agitated when I began my walk.  I’ve been agitated over the situation with the latest U.S. Supreme Court nominee and Dr. Ford’s allegations.  I know what it’s like to have a Terrible Thing happen when you’re a young girl.  I know perfectly well some of the whys when it comes to not reporting such incidents when they happen.  I know about the shame and blame game.  Unfortunately, I imagine there are a lot of girls and women who know what I’m talking about, who might have their own stories to tell.  The amount of courage it took for Dr. Ford to come forward astounds me.  With so much on the line, I understand why she did.  I don’t know that I could ever be that brave.  I am, like many, frustrated with a system run by old white men who will push through this nominee no matter what.  Because they just don’t care or, if they do, they are good at giving the appearance of men who just don’t care.  Some of these men are the same men who sat there and grilled Anita Hill 27 years ago.  27 years!! and not much has changed.

A few leaves scattered on the road.

The elements, particularly the wind and the rain, can be rather healing.  Cleansing.  That was the case this morning. Even the dark grey clouds were healing, cleansing, and beautiful.

A curve in the road.

I love to walk. Walking is a spiritual journey and a reflection of living. Each of us must determine which path to take and how far to walk; we must find our own way, what is right for one may not be for another.

~ Edie Littlefield Sundby

A different route.

This morning there were crows in the woods cawing about magic.  When I got out to the road where the sky opens up, two flew by from the east.  According to Ted Andrews in his book Animal Speak, two is a number that has feminine aspects and the east is the direction of healing.  The geese, who were quiet the last time I posted, were out and about, honking about their travels and adventures.  Three squirrels were gathered at the side of the road near the woods beyond the creek, gossiping and chattering about acorns and getting ready for winter.  When I turned to go home, a Bald Eagle flew overhead, piping and whistling.  As I reached the bridge over the creek, a Great Blue Heron rose up and squawked at me.  I probably interrupted his search for breakfast.

Field and fence.

My daily walks won’t change the world, but they do have a way of changing how I look at the world.  They are a reminder that there is plenty of beauty in this life.  Thank you for visiting today, and joining me on another meander.  It is still misty outside and I don’t think it’s likely that we’ll be able to see the sunset, but if that should change, we can meet at the dock or the Point.  Your choice.  Sunset is at 6:59 PM.  We’ll have to go extra early if you decide on the dock since the trees on the horizon play a role in how much we’ll be able to see.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂  And a quick reminder that Walktober is coming up.  This year’s dates are October 14-28.  I hope you’ll find the time to walk and participate.  (If you need more time, all you have to do is let me know.  If you’re unfamiliar with Walktober, you’ll find a link to a post about it in the sidebar, over there to the right.  Or, if you’re using your phone, maybe it’s at the bottom somewhere.)

Collecting raindrops.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  841)  Wind and rain and cloudy days that speak to the soul.  842)  The way the raindrops gather on the morning glories.  843)  Crows and geese, herons and bald eagles.  844)  Gossiping squirrels.  845)  Walking a new route and seeing new sights.

A way into the Mystery Woods.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

24 thoughts on “A Monday meander: Autumn weather

  1. Your sun will set 2 minutes before ours.
    I have spent a good deal of time today on Facebook, disagreeing with those who have made up their mind about Dr. Blasey Ford, condemning her. I had to point out that for many years that attitude is exactly why women don’t/didn’t report assaults. I have also defended the need for an investigation. Then I hear McConnell talking to the Senate about how the Democrats are blocking this confirmation. No request for an investigation, no chance there could be some truth to the allegations here. Pot calling the kettle black. He’s had personal experience with blocking nominations. My ire is showing.

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    1. Sorry to have brought up your ire, Carol. You and I think a lot alike. I’ve been having similar disagreements on Facebook, and have concluded that it’s probably not the best way to have a conversation. One thing that hurts and puzzles me most is the way other women are so quickly and easily able to condemn a woman who put her whole life on the line to come forward.

      Ah well. Such is life, isn’t it? Maybe someday women will each other’s backs.

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      1. I’m hoping to live long enough to see women having each others’ backs and all people acknowledging that their beliefs are not necessarily the same as others, and that’s just fine.

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  2. I’ve been agitated, too–and I agree with Carol. Did you see all the #WhyIDidntReport posts? Heartbreaking! Yes, so many women know exactly. Come November, I hope these awful men will really hear women roar.
    But–yes walks. 🙂 I hope your walk made you feel better. I loved your comment about the crows cawing magic.

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 I did see those posts. Yesterday Peter Sagal (from “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”) retweeted similar statements from women and I had to stop reading. I am looking forward to November. I am also thinking that what these men are doing is radicalizing women. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

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  3. We had a record breaking heat wave earlier this month. Hottest September ever. But it broke last week, and now it’s beginning to feel like Fall. I’m ready for it. I love the changes.

    I think change is coming — slowly — and that in the future people like Dr. Blasey Ford will have their claims investigated without being put on trial themselves. But the change is too slow. Far too slow.

    The thing that will most help now is for the majority of women to vote their interests. You’ll never get everyone doing that, but if a predictable majority do, the politicians will be forced to listen at last.

    We had some bears in the city a couple weeks ago. A few parks near the outskirts were closed. But the bears have moved on now, and the parks have reopened.

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    1. Bears in the city brought about an interesting visual for me, Paul. The visual might also have been influenced by what I’m currently reading (“Memoirs of a Polar Bear”).

      Yes, change is slow for some. Others think it’s coming too fast which may be why they voted for that guy in the White House. I do hope women get out and vote, and vote in a way that is in their best interests.

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  4. I watched a French film on Netflix this weekend (recommended from another blogger) called ‘I Am Not An Easy Man’ where a chauvinist hits his head and wakes up in a female dominated world. While it wasn’t the greatest I’ve ever seen, I liked the fact that the film points out sexism in society and how so many women don’t question it, just accept it and even play along with it. It was certainly food for thought. With the #MeToo movement, etc. I hope more are waking up to the fact that this ‘same old, same old’ has GOT to change.
    And yes, gratefully, we have nature to renew us, center and balance our bodies, mind and spirit.

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    1. Thank goodness we have nature, Eliza. This week would have been so much more difficult for me without some exposure to the great and beautiful outdoors. 🙂

      I’m going to look into the movie. We’ve been indoctrinated into the patriarchy, some more than others. I don’t know it’s in our best interests to continue to support it but agree with you that something has GOT to change.

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  5. Walks are amazing, healing things that put life in perspective if you pay attention, as you certainly did! It’s amazing to me that people are making an attempt to normalize assault. What does this say to the young women? The thing is, we all have stories. And assault is not normal. Decent men don’t sexually assault women because they can. And yes, listening to people, I have thought, “And you wonder why women don’t report? I saw a tweet that said sexual assault was the only crime people reacted to this way. Have you ever heard, when someone reported a stolen car, “Are you sure? Why were you driving such an expensive car?” Puts it in perspective. I wanted to lay hands on your tree, btw. Do you ever feel compelled to give their trunks a pat?

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    1. Oh I pat trees regularly. Yesterday I was walking the dog in our yard, out further than we usually go, and I came across a tree that my husband transplanted (against my advice) from another place in the yard. It is growing tall and straight and is quite large now. I gave it a hug and told it I was glad it was surviving so magnificently.

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    2. I pat, sit with, talk to, and even sometimes hug trees, Lisa. 🙂 Trees are wonderful listeners, by the way. Thank you for sharing that tweet. It really does put things in perspective.

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  6. I’m with you, Robin. I understand not reporting. Sometimes we’re too young. Who is safe for us to tell, anyway? The white knuckle grip (pun intended) of the patriarchy is hard to miss. We shall stand up, speak up and stand with our sisters (and abused brothers). It’s all hard to watch, I agree. I honor the courage these women have to speak their truth. They are paving the way forward for so many. Let us hold hands as we walk in the mists of the gray days. The sun is still shining…high above the clouds. 🙏🏻🌞💕

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  7. I went to meet a friend for dinner yesterday in another town about an hour away. Turns out she didn’t turn up. This happens regularly with this friend and I tried not to get ticked off. I walked off the frustration in a park near her house. Saw three bluebirds, so all is good.

    Glad you’re doing the Walktober again this year! I love those! I need to figure out a new (to you) walk for me to do this year. Katie says we’ve already walked nearly everywhere around here, to which I reply…who says it has to be around here?

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  8. I so love your walks, Robin and promise you that I will participate in this October’s Walktober, for sure!
    This whole scenario that has been playing out on Facebook all day is beyond frustrating. Kudos to her for stepping forward. Who cares how many years later?

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  9. I’ve been upset with those old white men, too. Watching the proceedings was gut-wrenching and my sister and I started talking. Even two sisters have their own stories to tell each other about high school boys, not shared when they occurred. Dr. Ford’s courage is amazing.

    Like you, I find solace in nature and the pictures you share of the natural beauty surrounding you. Thank you so much for sharing, Robin!

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    1. You’re welcome, Barbara, and thank you. 🙂

      So many stories untold. So many stories being shared now. I can’t help but think that is a good thing, something that will help us all heal and in the healing, become stronger.

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  10. The healing power of a walk in the woods (or anywhere outdoors) is legendary, and currently a much better option than spending time on Facebook or watching the events play out on TV. I share your frustration and agitation over what is happening. What’s wrong with those senators? Can’t they see what’s right in front of their eyes?

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