This season reminds me once again of how closely linked we are to earth and moon and tides of change. Color is everywhere; fading of softer summer shades giving way to pops of scarlet and gold in the flower beds, shrubs and trees. Buffalo, pronghorns and deer families in Custer State Park gathering, moving about, putting on layers of fat and heavy coats, are responding to the changes in their own instinctual ways. I’m making soups and pumpkin bread. Sophie prefers snoozing to romping in the park.
I have a heightened sense of preparation. All of my “should do” tasks can no longer be set aside as they were when hot summer days beckoned me away for another day to play in the sun. Now the tasks are “must do.” Finish painting the window trim, weed and mulch the garden, harvest the rest of the tomatoes and beans, rake leaves, repot house plants and bring them back inside, wash windows, bring out the flannel sheets. The new gas stove in the living room has been taking the chill off mornings and offering a cozy reading retreat in evenings, just enough warmth for a deeply contended feeling. Tonight frost is predicted. Tomorrow? Wait and see.
Along with this stimulation of color and movement, I’ve introduced a new facet of “reflections from the interior.” My book of poems, “untying the web,” remains available through our local bookstore, Black Hills Books and Treasures. I’m introducing art cards featuring a photo and poem in glossy 5x7 style, suitable for framing and with envelope and tissue paper, perfect to send as a greeting card. The cards are also available already framed to display in your home or office. Our local coffee shop, Mornin’ Sunshine, is featuring the display (below) of my books, cards and framed cards.
On December 5, I’m having a booth at “Christmas in the Hills Marketplace” at the Mueller Civic Center along with many artists and crafts people from the Hills area and beyond. And, of course, all of my work can be ordered directly from me and shipped directly to you! I’m really excited about this extension of my work to new audiences. Hope you can participate in my venture in person at the bookstore, the coffee shop and Christmas in the Hills, or via the mail.
Click on “books & cards” on the task bar above to see more and place your order through the contact page. I hope you enjoy my work and I hope the season stimulates you to manifest some of your own dreams that may have revealed thenselves during the harvest moon party time!