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Are you ready for November?

“In November, the smell of food is different.  It is an orange smell.  A squash and pumpkin smell.  It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog.  Food is better in November than any other time of the years.”

–Cynthia Rylant

This new month we honor the saints and those gone before us, and chrysanthemums adoring front porches.  The wind sounds eerie, so say the prophets trumpeting a shift in the universe.  We wear fluffy flannels to protect us from the chill.  Sip hot cider or Gluhwein.  Then comes Thanksgiving day where no one diets. The lakes frozen, woods are naked, the meadows are brown and very few blooms exist.  Chimney stacks bellow grey smoke up the barren trees.  Days are real short and dark, but with great expectancy for a snowy Christmas and frosty windshields.

I’m ready!  It is time to enjoy the stillness and beauty of Winter. 

Are you ready? 


A RE-BLOG POST – “Symbols” by Thomas Merton

Thank you, Amira for this splendid post!

sincerely, yourscribeforlove




Traditionally, the value of the symbol is precisely in its apparent uselessness

 as a means of simple communication.  It is ordered toward communion,

 not to communication. Because it is not an efficient mode of communicating

 information, the symbol can achieve a higher purpose, beyond 

cause and effect. Instead of establishing a new contact by a meeting of minds

 in the sharing of news, the symbol tells nothing new:

 it revives our awareness of what we already know,

 and deepens our awareness. What is “new” in the symbol is the ever new

 discovery of a new depth and a new actuality in what is and always has been.

The function of the symbol is to manifest a union that already exists

 but is not fully realized.  The symbol awakens awareness or restores it.  

Therefore it does not aim at communication but at communion. 

 Communion is the awareness of participation in…

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