-Something big I’ve been working on for a long, long time. Hopefully I can finally finish it sometime this coming year….
Seasons change, life changes and as we pass through such a time now, I’m reminded of why I’m doing this. Partly because I have hope, partly because I see the beautiful continuity of Life, and partly because I want to remind people of the inherent connection we all share with our world that allows the consistent continuation of life which sustains our Hopes.
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year everyone
I’ve been really busy, scrambling actually, these past couple of weeks. We decided that we were going to try and make as much of the Christmas gifts we intend to give people ourselves, and while it’s been really exciting, it has also been really challenging.
However, I’ve gotten to a point with what I’m working on such that I felt like I could self-indulge and share a little bit of it on here. Once they’re completed I’ll take better pictures and upload them to the gallery so they can be viewed better.
Without going into too much detail, I’ve taken some pretty beautiful freshwater shells we’d collected and been working them with my new dremel set. Shell is a surprisingly hard substance to carve and I ended up going out and buying some diamond-coated bits for it. The results have been wonderful and I’m looking forward to sharing them with our family!
With every October 31st here, it seems like the days get instantly colder. Halloween night is, in my memory, always the night where I end up wishing I’d thrown on a coat when I’m out.
There’s something magically seductive about being outside on Halloween night. As long as I can remember, I’ve tried to be out and about as late as I could whenever that night rolled around; something about the moonlight, or maybe the cool, crispening breeze. Or maybe it’s the mystique we attribute to the night itself.
Halloween, or Hallowed Evening, has always had other-worldly connotations. The original celebrants called it Samhain (pronounced “Sah-win”) and saw it as the beginning of winter, when the spirits would return to walk among them. Today we still carve jack-o-lanterns and give out candy to kids dressed up in masks.
I think it’s important, though, as the year draws to a close, and that ethereal window opens, to pause and to remember. To remember those no longer with us, and those we’ve had to be thankful for this past year. When our family carves jack-o-lanterns, we like to think of it as a reminder to those who have touched our lives that they won’t be forgotten, and hopefully that light can help them find their way back to our hearts.