Wednesday

I Ask




Can you hear it...........
That sound.......
That sound of things to come..............

Or is it a memory....

I ask you, please............... Can you hear it?


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A Needle's Home




The needle... the thread... the table... the light...
The window grows dim... soon will be night...





The old lace tablecloth is threadbare and worn.. in dire need of mending... I am drawn to work on it so I can use a surprise I received a day ago in my mailbox... from Morna at Bittersweet. I was the very lucky winner of her handmade treasure... I was so delighted!!

Thank-you so much Morna!!

She calls it a "Make-Do" Pincushion.... I call it Beautiful!






It sits there on its little glass pedestal... presenting itself to me, quietly and patiently, asking to hold my needle...
It makes the mending task heartfelt... It makes me smile... and happy... and think of its creator...

...scattered buttons of old and colored pins adorn it...

...created from wool, a renewable resource... recycled from clothing no longer in use...

... care and forethought envelope it...






It is all things I love...

...subtle muted colors... functional beauty... graceful... created by an artist's hands finding new life from objects put aside...


..... a beautiful, unexpected pleasure...


Who would think something so simple as a pincushion could capture all of this........


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A New Day




I am looking through the darkness to a new day risen......


The World saw History happen.......


I Salute HOPE.........




2008 American election... Obama

Saturday

Samhain.. an addendum to... Be Very Afraid

...an excerpt from The Pagan Book of Days........



"Samhain or Samhuinn, November 1, marks the beginning of winter, at which time it was customary to slaughter livestock. (sorry to all who are vegetarians but this comes from another time when this was necessary to survive) Its Eve marked the End of the old year in the Celtic calendar and its Dawn, the Beginning of the New Year....

Samhain is thus a time Between the Years and Between the Worlds, when the veil between the Present and the Past... the Living and the Dead... is Thin... It is the Festival of the Dead, that time of Year when we Remember our Ancestors and Hail our Descendants....

In the Christian tradition, November 1 celebrates All of the Departed Saints, while November 2, Remembers the Souls of all the Dead not elevated to Sainthood. Materially the nature of the Festival, as with many other celebrations, is the same in the Pagan and the Christian Traditions....
The Festival of Samhain is celebrated widely on its Eve... This is the Christianized Festival of All Hallows' Eve, popularly known as Halloween... which is observed after dark on Oct. 31.... The masks, bats, skeletons and witches hats of present day Halloween parties are a modern expression of the Pagan Festival of Remembrance of Death and the Departed...

In the Natural year, Samhain is the third harvest when in former days, Animals were slaughtered and their meat smoked or salted down for Winter... The tangible link with the Dead at Samhain is present in the custom of Divinations on Halloween...."




I wanted to add this addendum as I think many of us have forgotten what this festival is all about.. I know I like learning more about it...
and it is good to remember the reasons why we do things......



The feast of Samhain (pronounced sow-ain) marks the onset of a darker, more introspective time of year...