Friday, October 7, 2016


October is such a luscious month, tempting all the senses: the chill in the air after the heat of the summer, the scurry of leaves across the road, the aroma of pumpkin spices, the feel of corduroy, wools, and sturdy shoes, and the taste of butternut squash soup, roasted vegetables, and a thick slice of cheese.

For an artist, October is full of pen and ink drawings in response to Inktober, an event first created by Jake Parker, who encourages us all to enrich our lives by drawing something every day. Last year each week I showcased drawings from relatives and asked you to commit to doing something with intention each day. I challenge you again to do the same. My own posts will focus on the five senses, and will include drawings along the way.

I am short, which is maybe why I like small things, such as the seeds from our Japanese maple trees. Right now our deck is carpeted with hundreds of them -- no small thing. The squirrels love them and as they scramble through the branches and tear at the seeds, they shake many down. Sometimes the seeds are still attached to each other and like helicopter blades, they twirl as they float to the deck.

No small thing to sweep them up. They catch between the wood slats of the deck. Left to themselves when the rains come, they sprout and we will have the start of a small forest in the spaces between the wood. We have to scoop them out before they settle in.

Still, I like small things. Just because they are small doesn't mean that put together in a group they aren't a powerful force.

As Margaret Mead once said,
       "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. 
Indeed it's the only thing that ever has."

I challenge you to think of that statement as you do something with intention for October.  Let me know your choice and how it made you feel by the end of the month.

We have designated October as Compassion Month as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Among the women I know, many have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Many have survived that disease and treatment, while others have not. October is a time to remember and cherish them all.


  1. What a wonderfully post. I'm hoping if I keep coming back to your blog I'll be inspired to find my inner artist that I left behind me almost two decades ago.

    1. Jean, thank you for writing. I hope my blog will encourage you to dive in two your inner artist to find your creative spirit again.

  2. You're on. I've lived the 7 years since my husband died with little intention but to keep going, plants and pet cared for, staying well, but with few "plans". So for October and beyond I'll try to plan at least one thing a week to look forward to. Not a to-do list of chores, but a day trip or activity I can include someone else in. I spend far too much time by myself. I love to share talk and activities, but it's not as easy for "untethered" singles as people might imagine it would be.

    1. Teejay, thank you for thoughtful comments. I hope you take the steps you mentioned. A long time ago, a friend and I went on Artist Dates each week. We spent a day together wandering in beautiful places. That time really made a difference to me so I hope you can find someone who will share a weekly date with you too. Let me know what you came up with!

  3. I plan to wake up each day and to notice something I didn't notice before. Today - the perfect creamy white rose in the front yard, and the now quiet wasp nest that has been humming all summer. I gave it a nighttime shower last night with the hose.

    1. Jan,
      What a good way to answer the challenge. I hope you will take photos of some of the 'new' things around you!


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