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Ushering in Autumn

While some were sleeping this morning.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate summer: I do. I love it deeply, from the first rich flush of hawthorn blossoms to the last fading mauves of August heather. I love the green and the growing, the treasures of the hedgerows, and the always astonishing abundance of the land which surrounds me. It’s just that I love autumn and winter more. Something opens up in me then – something soft and deep and glowing – which is far too shy to expose itself to the inexhaustible light of summer.

~ Sharon Blackie, The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday

Thin clouds and harvest moon yesterday morning.

How monotonous our speaking becomes when we speak only to ourselves! And how insulting to the other beings – to foraging black bears and twisted old cypresses – that no longer sense us talking to them, but only about them, as though they were not present in our world…Small wonder that rivers and forests no longer compel our focus or our fierce devotion. For we talk about such entities only behind their backs, as though they were not participant in our lives. Yet if we no longer call out to the moon slipping between the clouds, or whisper to the spider setting the silken struts of her web, well, then the numerous powers of this world will no longer address us – and if they still try, we will not likely hear them.

~ David Abram, Becoming Animal

A cone of morning light in the darkness just before sunrise (yesterday).

Fall arrives today.  Step outside my door and it still feels like summer, but the light and shadows, the sunrises and sunsets, are telling a different story.

Morning stretch across the sky (today).

A cold front that will be arriving in the next day or so will tell a different story, too.  The highs will go from the mid-80’s to the mid- to upper-70’s.  It’s in the lows at night where we’ll feel the change.  We will feel it in the water, too, as it begins to cool from summer swimming temperatures to the chilliness of autumn.

Changing colors.

Sunrises and sunsets have suddenly become more colorful.  It’s not that we don’t have colorful sunrises and sunsets during the summer, but they are not quite as intense, almost as if the heat and strength of the summer sun washes them out.  The smoke from the wildfires out west added to the milkiness of dawn and dusk this summer, too.

Swirling light and clouds and colors.

I’ll be glad when the summer heat and humidity depart, and make room for autumn weather.  I get a little antsy this time of year, waiting for the change.  I want to throw open windows, do the fall cleaning, go for long hikes or bike rides, and do all the outdoor things I had no desire to do during the summer months.

I know that “red in morning, sailor’s warning” (and we do have gale warnings coming into effect soon), but what does orange in morning mean?

The Yoga Sutras class started last week.  We’re in the introductory phase at the moment.  I find it so interesting the way things spiral around, sometimes leading you back to the beginning except now your perception of that place has changed (yes, I know… they call that “experience”).  We’ve only met twice but I can tell that the conversations are going to be amazing and interesting.  I suspect I’ll spend a lot of time just listening.  There are some wise women in the class.  It feels a little intimidating at times.

Wispy dancers.

A while back, in Gita class (I think), we talked about the people we turn to for wisdom.  The question, basically, was:  who are the wise people you turn to when you are looking for wisdom or quotes or as a kind of compass to point you in the right direction?  When I’m writing a blog post, I always start out with a quote from someone to get me started or to go with an image I’m using.  I began asking myself:  Who do I quote?  And why?

In the book “Cassandra Speaks,” the author (Elizabeth Lesser) points out that most of what we learn (at least in my generation) has come from what they refer to as the Great Books of the Western World.  Things written by men.  Very often those books and writings involve violence, misogyny, and war (“The Prince” by Machiavelli, is a good example) .  I wandered around the internet for a little while and stumbled upon a woman’s blog that had pictures of her teachers and those she considered wise in the sidebar, starting with Krishnamacharya.  Thoreau was there, Thomas Merton, Krishnamurti, Rilke, Wendell Berry.  Sensing a pattern here?  So my question to you is:  Who are the wise women that you turn to?  Who are the women that you read or quote?  If you were to put up a wall of pictures of women you have learned from, women you aspire to emulate in some way, who would they be?  I have my own list, but I’m curious and wondering who you would name.

One more look before starting the day.

Come to think of it, I will share with you one of my go-to wise women:  Joanna Macy.  There is a beautiful and short (about 20 minutes) documentary about her that was recently shared.  Joanna Macy: Climate Crisis as Spiritual Path.  Have a look if you have the time.

I don’t know what these are, but they’re beautiful and blooming on the roadsides.

Walktober.  Our dates this year are October 11th through the 25th.  If you want to get your walk in earlier or later, go for it.  Just let me know if it’s later since I’ll need to extend the dates.  I am aiming for October 29th as the date I do the wrap-up.  My alternative date is November 1.  I will post the “official” Walktober post sometime before October 11th.  That will be the post you use for pingbacks or leaving a link.  (It is easier for me if the links and pingbacks are all in one place, but I do find them if they end up scattered elsewhere.)

Please join us.  It’s always so much fun.  If you’re not familiar with Walktober, there’s a link over in the sidebar that will take you to a post that will introduce you to it.  Or, you can click on this:  Walktober.  It’s an old post but it gives you the general idea.  Maybe someday I will sit down and write up an About Walktober page.

The greens and golds of corn just before harvesting.

I reckon that’s enough from me for today, especially since this is usually a Wordless Wednesday.  I missed my Monday meander again and for good reason.  I’ve been drawing and painting and learning how to weave a basket on paper with a pencil.  I’ll show you in a minute.  Thank you for visiting with me today.  Let’s meet out at the Point for sunset this evening.  Sunset is scheduled for 6:59 PM (we won’t see another 7 PM sunset until sometime in March of 2022).  We’ll skip it, of course, if it’s already raining but if it’s not, there may be enough clouds around to make it interesting.

Please be safe, be well, and keep looking for beauty.

The greens and golds in a mandala.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,871)  A change of seasons.  1,872)  Daily walks.  I’m up to about 3-4 miles/day now.  The back/hip/knee problem seems to be resolving itself, finally.  1,873)  Playing with paints and colors.  1,874)  Drawing goddesses.  1,875)  The Yoga Sutras class and the way the learning has spiraled back onto itself and yet, has changed.

The journaling for this one is under the paint. It was such an interesting assignment (for the Mandala Magic course) because it involved looking back over my art journal and writing an entry for each season. I was surprised by how positive my conclusions were, given that we’ve been in the midst of a pandemic, climate change, and possible collapse.


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29 thoughts on “Ushering in Autumn

  1. Always wonderful to make our way through your posts. As for favourites to quote… that’s difficult. I will do like you and search (preferred spot is Goodreads) for a theme that I want to share. Many times I have no idea who I am quoting! If the message is what I want, then I use it 🙂

    Yay to Walktober!

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    1. Thank you. 🙂 Same here, Dale, although I’ve started to be a little more careful about who I’m quoting (don’t want to be quoting serial killers or racists or fascists). There are people I’ve quoted in the past who have fallen down the Q rabbit hole so I’ll wait for them to find their way out before quoting them again. It was, for me, an interesting look at who I read/quote, and how often it turns out to be a man. Not that there aren’t wise men. Of course there are. It’s just that I hadn’t noticed how much of what comes up is from the male perspective. I’ve tried to be more aware of it (while still using the quotes that convey the message I want).

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      1. Oh dear! I hope I have never inadvertently chosen someone like that!! I have to say, most of the ones I have chose have been from women – guess they just connected more with me 😉

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  2. I love this. First off, as always for me, are the photographs. They all spoke to me, but the one that spoke the loudest was “Wispy dancers.” And weaving a basket on paper using a pencil? That’s truly cool! Now…wise women that I go to. Hmmmm…you are right, most of what we read growing up were men. White men actually. I don’t have a wise woman that I go to, though I know there have been several. I don’t know that I’ve actually gone to anyone looking for wisdom, yet, in my life. But it interests me that maybe I need to seek some out. Who knows what wisdom I have missed that would be useful to me as I age.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. That is one of my favorites, too. 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever consciously sought out wise women (or men, for that matter) although I suppose that might be what I’m doing by gathering quotes the way I do.
      The basket was a pretty cool project. Julie (whose course this is) said she adapted a template for a Celtic knot border. It was a little confusing for me at first. Once I caught on, it seemed easy (isn’t that always the way?).


  3. Excellent, excellent question! Here we go with the first three that come to mind. First, Pema Chodron, for her combination of compassion and illumination. Second, Mary Oliver, whose poetry always seems to get to the essence of things. Finally, Madeleine L’Engle, who has been an inspiration to me for 50 years. On another subject… my creaky knees don’t do well on long walks, but I might be able to tuck in a short one.

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    1. Wonderful choices, Laurie! 🙂 There are no real rules for Walktober. Your walk can be as short or as long as you’d like. Your walk, your rules. 😀 It doesn’t have to be a walk, either. One of our participants made a driving video for her Walktober one year (and it was great fun!).

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  4. Now that you mention it, there are few women writers that I’ve been exposed to in the realm of inspiration. Pema Chodron came to mind. Esther Hicks was influential. But I often head to Eckhard Tolle when I want to settle myself. My eldest sister is another with whom I can talk things out, we often think along the same lines, and I’m always grateful for that.
    Lovely photos per usual and am looking forward to Walktober, I think I’ve got a good place in mind. 🙂

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  5. So much in this post, Robin! Early autumn is beautiful, and your photos are stunning!!
    I saw you, Dale, and I all posted beautiful sunrise/early morning cloud photos yesterday. Then it got so humid here, we turned the a/c back on! And we’ll be getting rain all day today–but then beautiful autumn weather.
    I have family and friend “wise women” that I go to. I’m quite aware of the white male canon–and that applied to much of my grad school history studies, too. In reading, even classics, I suppose I’ve always tended to lean toward female authors–not that I’d throw away Shakespeare, Keats, etc. 😀
    I’ve found all sorts of wonderful information and quotations by men and women in Brainpickings.
    I’m with you that I try to find out who I’m quoting.
    Sorry, I’m just rambling on here like we’re having a conversation over morning coffee. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 I think rambling and having a conversation over morning coffee with you would be a very fine thing.
      I noticed that about our sunrise pics yesterday, too. The three of us seem to have similar clouds and sunrises. I always feel like when I post that I’m out walking with you and Dale, and we’re showing how the world is from our different perspectives.
      Brainpickings has been a good resource for me, too, but there’s nothing better than having family and friend “wise women” to go to.

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  6. what a dense, brilliant, beautiful and interesting post. The corn photo made me drool and those dawn ones should usher me from my bed if only to see what you see. Meanwhile, my wise women were my grandmother, and my convent’s Reverend Mother – I like to think I am wiser with my advanced age!

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura. 🙂 I’m not sure I appreciated the wisdom of the women in my life when I was younger (and now they are not here for me to appreciate, at least not in the physical sense). I hope I am getting wiser with age!


  7. So much meaty stuff here, Robin! Love the photos, especially the skies, and am fascinated by the basket weaving on paper. Wise women I go to? Depends on what my question/dilemma is, actually. Sometimes I’ve found wisdom from a living person (relative or friend, usually); other times, it’s from something I read. Like I said, it depends. I’m looking forward to joining in this year’s Walktober. Now, to decide where and when I take off!

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  8. Here is your sentence that resonated with me right now: I find it so interesting the way things spiral around, sometimes leading you back to the beginning except now your perception of that place has changed (yes, I know… they call that “experience”). Things do just circle back to the beginning and we experience it all again but from a wider perspective.

    By the way–of all things–my mom will be visiting during Walktober. She’s almost 89 so our walks will be fairly short, but perhaps (not sure) that could be a post. 🙂

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    1. That could indeed be a post, Kathy. 🙂 Short, long, doesn’t matter. There are no real rules to this. I think that’s why I like it so much.

      I feel as though I’ve been walking a spiral path lately. It’s been so interesting the way I circle back.

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