Tuesday, November 1, 2016

“She stands
In tattered gold
Tossing bits of amber
And jade, jewels of a year grown old:

~ Zephyr Ware Tarver


Welcome November, dark month that seems like a prelude. You pass by unappreciated, in a blur, some years. We find ourselves in mid-autumn bundling up and missing the early days of the season when nature dons her final glorious cloak before the winter sleep begins.  You arrive with your dark days, and waning beauty, a month of pause, before the madness that can overtake the final weeks of the year.

Here in Canada our Thanksgiving is past and we will soon pause to remember our war veterans. Then, like a snorting and galloping wild animal released from her cage, the holiday season will take over. Stillness will become elusive; contentment difficult to hold on to.

So let’s do our best to appreciate every day this month. Let’s keep our eyes open for flashes of delight in the simple now. Let’s be content, satisfied, and grateful.

Welcome November, month of peace, of quiet, of settling in.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I love your quotes and contemplative photos and short essays, Linda. You have a strong aesthetic and spiritual depth in all that you are doing. Truly inspiring! Thanks, Marian, for sharing on FB.

    1. Shirley, thank you for your encouragement. I could not have imagined how important this daily practice has become to me; it pleases me to know others are finding something worthwhile in these simple offerings too. I echo your thanks to Marian for sharing; she has long been a great encourager to me.

  2. I am grateful….fortunately, here in ND, we’ve had a very mild autumn, just one short-lived snow so far. And some days have been absolutely gorgeous! Today is one of them!

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