Loving Life…

Dear Reader:

These days it is very easy to be in love with life in nature…every minute of it. Mums, pumpkins, butterflies, gords, chilly nights and cool mornings. Truly…what is there not to love about the favorite season world-wide…Autumn?

And guess what? It arrives todaySeptember 22! Some years we are still “sweating bullets” upon its arrival or in hurricane/tropical weather storm patterns…but this year…Fall falls softly…inviting everyone to lengthen their shadows and turn up their smiles.

One of the best gifts that the Autumn Equinox brings us is the September Corn Moon and the Harvest Moon...which this year will arrive October 1. For several evenings it will appear just around sunset lighting up the Northern Hemisphere with its powerful rays. (In fact the origin of the name ‘harvest’ or ‘corn’  evolved because farmers could harvest crops, like corn late, into the day and early evening on Corn Moon Days.)

Here is a nostalgic painting from an earlier time period on rural farms.

This more modern photo interpretation is just as beautiful.

We are very lucky this year (2020) …We (the Northern Hemisphere) will witness a Corn Moon on September (2), a Harvest moon October 1, and a blue moon on Halloween, October 31. Pretty cool, huh?

There is also a spiritual meaning behind our Autumn moons….especially for 2020…and we need some good spiritual encouragement… don’t we?

Whether we’re celebrating the Harvest Moon in October or the Corn Moon in September, this time of year is all about balance and abundance. It’s a time to honor and appreciate our special place in the universe.  A time for reflection and gratitude for all the God-given gifts we are blessed with…

Full moons always symbolize a time of climatic conclusion, but this is felt even more deeply now as we near the changing of seasons and the cooler months ahead are imminent.

We are beginning to turn inward. This is a time of balance just as it is for the natural world around us. We feel the coming of the darkness and pulled towards our spiritual side in a new way. Each day of sunlight and brightness must be commemorated in our memories and celebrated for the light to return.

We must take the promise of the full moons to  renew our faith in dignity, courage, strength, morality and honesty as the  anchors for our lives, our family’s lives and our beloved place in God’s world as one of God’s children.

So until tomorrow…Go buy a “book” of stamps…the late summer/ autumn version… filled with fall vegetables and fruits….a delight for the recipient.

 

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Susan and Ady came for a birthday visit bringing me lemon chicken/rice soup (I told Susan the best chicken soup I have ever put in my mouth!)) and a beautiful fall candle with a fall kitchen potholder/linen cloth. So good to see family!

Anne checked in yesterday with friends to show her latest completed artwork.

“Just finished “Rain Gauge” for the Summerville Public Works Art Center’s ‘WATER’ community show which runs from 10/3 – 11/7/20.” 

The more I stared at the picture…the more I thought it was a photo. I decided it must be a photo contest this time.

When I texted Anne to tell her how much I loved the photo in its simplicity and symbolism…she said it was a painting of a water jar with added background…all accomplished with watercolors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A painting…not a photo!

See for yourself why I was mistaken…it blows one away. Anne can take the simplicity of the ordinary and turn it into extraordinary…what a talent!

Tommy and Kaitlyn got away this past week to Lake Toxaway in North Carolina….Look how gorgeous! Just what the doctor ordered! 🙂

 

 

 

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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1 Response to Loving Life…

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    I would love the recipe for the soup….loved Continental Corner’s soup. And the info on the harvest moons…I got pulled one fall night when Paul and Blake were little and in car seats. Fred was at an away game and we were coming home all 3 singing “I see the moon, the moon sees me, God bless the moon and God bless me”,,.when all of a sudden I saw a blue light…not the blue moon but a police car. I was in our subdivision and when they came to my side they asked me if I knew what I had not done…come to a complete stop. And they reminded me that I had precious cargo in the back seat. When they looked at my license they asked me if Coach Edwards was my husband…they had him for driver education…needless to say I was very embarrassed, but relieved when they just gave me a warning because I did slow down but didn’t do it the way that they had been taught! PS….that is not the end of the story…will tell you tomorrow. Your flowers are so pretty.

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