“Fall”

29 10, 2013

How Halloween Came to Be

By | 2013-10-29T23:20:06-07:00 October 29th, 2013|General, Seasons of Life|43 Comments

 **For a great listing of local Halloween festivities, click here or here. Halloween-time is my favorite time of the year. Admittedly, I’m more in love with the harvest look that shakes the trees, the colder weather, and the infamous PSL, but I also relish the spooky-murky-creepiness of the only holiday that fits my love of X-Files, Harry Potter, and Tim Burton all into one day. Photo Courtesy of ©Stockphoto.com//gianlucabartoli But besides making the mortuary a “cool” place to work for a month, this holiday is also the only one that actively recognized the dead in its celebration. Do [...]

8 10, 2013

Change of Seasons and 3 Ways to Embrace Autumn

By | 2013-10-08T23:00:51-07:00 October 8th, 2013|Perspective, Seasons of Life|39 Comments

A snapshot from my camping trip in Pescadero, CA Fall is my favorite time of year because it is nature’s pause. We start to see a beautiful transformation with the trees changing from a vibrant green to a crunchy orange. The carefree attitude of the summer months shift into a comfy, cozy frame of mind during late September and October. I get excited for the crisp weather and the pumpkin flavored goodies, like pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin biscotti that line the market aisles. With all the physical changes that happen around us, what changes are happening within us? [...]

15 11, 2012

Thanksgiving: When You’re Away from Home or All Alone

By | 2012-11-15T05:00:32-07:00 November 15th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|20 Comments

Thanksgiving: When You're Away from Home or All Alone My earliest memories of Thanksgiving include preschool art projects of making dough ball turkeys to decorate the dinner table & tracing my hand on paper to make the 4 finger feathers & thumb neck turkeys we all made as kids. I was so proud of my artwork & my mom still has it packed away in her attic almost 40 years later. I also remember going to my grandparents' house for a family dinner.  Everything was homemade - the bread, veggies from the garden, delicious lumpy mashed potatoes & gravy, fruit [...]

31 10, 2012

Halloween at Home: How to Have a Memorable Halloween!

By | 2012-10-31T05:00:12-07:00 October 31st, 2012|Community, General|24 Comments

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. There's no pressure to have the perfect turkey to serve or anxiety over having presents for everyone. It's pretty simple, candy, pumpkins, costumes & friends (plus a little spookiness, you have to have at least one spooky moment!). My brother & I dressed up as Scully & Mulder from The X-Files. We had the BEST costumes! Thanks Mom! I remember only trick-or-treating one time in an actual neighborhood, I enjoyed it but strangers made me uneasy and being a shy child I had a difficult time walking up to the strange & [...]

4 10, 2012

Journey Mercies . . . Memories of Fall

By | 2012-10-04T05:00:11-07:00 October 4th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|57 Comments

Journey Mercies . . . Memories of Fall There’s a change coming, a really comfortable change. I love the fall and when I was a kid fall meant the start of school and seeing my friends again. Halloween was coming and so was my birthday. It meant Thanksgiving.  It meant that it was almost time for Christmas! Now that I am older, I can reflect much more deeply about how much I love this time of year.  The days are shorter and the air is crisp. Trees that were a common green are now vibrant with color. Beneath my feet [...]

1 10, 2012

It is an October in my Soul: A Tragical Fall Tale

By | 2012-10-01T05:00:28-07:00 October 1st, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|39 Comments

Is Fall your favorite time of year? I'm guessing if you chose to read this blog then yes, you treasure and savor the change in light and the color of the trees & look as giddily forward to October 1st as I do. For the last 8 years fall brought me charming semesters with my fellow English majors. Fall meant long evenings sipping lattes on the third floor of the library pouring over books on Shakespeare, Milton & Marlowe. Fall meant paradise for me. If you know an English major you won't be surprised to learn that they are some [...]