“November always seems to me the Norway of the year.” ~ Emily Dickinson
I don’t know what Dickinson meant with this quote above. What I know is that November always seems (to me) like time of the year, I always have to dig deeper in order to discover its gifts.
1. Tactics to save daylight
Summer is long gone and forgotten, and November tightens. But how sweet is the act of turning back the clock for one more hour to snooze!
2. Magic and mysteries of Crows
My favourite artist, MagicLoveCrow, introduced me to these fascinating birds. In fact, she painted this beautiful smile for me, a few years ago just to help me endure the darkness that is November. This remains the favoured art piece in my collection. To learn more about these smart creatures, feel free to listen to this podcast, Are Crows Scary or Just Scarily Smart?
3. Letter Writing as Art
“Long & long does it seem since I have had any word or sign from you.” ~ Anne Gilchrist
Letter-writing is something I immensely enjoyed, and terribly miss in this age of WhatsApp. Anyway, I especially enjoy letters of classic poets and writers. They always reveal a lot about the times these writers lived in. At the moment, I’m reading The Letters of Anne Gilchrist and Walt Whitman. Thanks to friends, who keep recommending great books to read. 🙂
4. The Colour Orange
Orange signifies different things to different people. For me, right now, it simply means a colour to brighten the dark days of November. Think smell and taste of butternut soup. Yum! And of course, the fragrance of love; I simply adore lilies.
5. On transcending barriers
“We don’t have control over many aspects of our lives yet we always have an option on how we respond.” ~ Stephanae McCoy
Steph is one of the amazing people I met on the blogs, and call a friend. What first attracted me to her blog is her sense of style, which I soon find out that it is actually her mission. Steph is a crusader, who breaks the myth “blind people can’t be fashionable.” She raises awareness but also empowers blind and visually impaired women through her blog Bold Blind Beauty, and beyond.
Please take time to browse her blog for a real sense of the impactful work she does. And I hope her story, My Path from Poverty to Possibilities, inspires you as well.
Wishing you have a cozy and restful weekend, and always with a good book to read! And good luck to all, who are participating in NaNoWriMo.
Occasionally, I share five random things I’m reading, watching, doing and thinking about. You’re most welcome to join the conversation.