Friday, November 30, 2007

Places of Goodness...

Yesterday I made a wonderful discovery...Little Red Hen! Let me just say this is a wonderful blog by Penny McAllister. I'm loving her style and can hardly wait to get a copy of the latest Home Companion (for which her work is in). :)

Also, she is having a give away...last day to sign-up is Dec. 2. She is giving away a beautiful Christmas ornament she designed. Love it! :) Share this with others and enter. I think I'll enter my mom's name as well(she doesn't have a blog)...:)

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Yesterday was SO windy. Norrie and I went for a walk to the post box and when we turned to go back home (we live in a hilly part of town), all these leaves seemed to parade up the street. It was so amazing to see them, dancing up the street and disappear out of our sight.

At times the wind was so strong and powerful it seemed like the leaves would fly out to orbit. Amazing. It helped that the sun warmed up the ground a bit. When I first moved back East, I thought the sounds of the winds through the trees sounded like the howls of wolves. I still do to an extent, but now I can imagine it to be the music of trees and the winter sprites calling to each other as we shiver into Midwinter (Winter Solstice, December 21).

Speaking of Winter Solstice, I have saved a few sparklers for that shortest of days and longest of nights. My family is planning to do our newest tradition of lighting the darkness with these hopeful reminders of brighter days. I just wish I had stock piled more of them. Does anyone know where I can get more sparklers? Do they sell them for Christmas? I hope so! I love the smell of sulphur and I believe is meant to purify in older traditions. Either way, it's fun to light them when the world seems so dark and cold. But we'll also have to save a few for the "most depressing" day of Jan. 24th as well. Things to remember now before we get too carried away with the over-consumerism of this time of year. Remember Charlie Brown! ;)

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I want to write about a short film I saw last night. It's title might put some people off as it's very earthy, to say the least. I was skeptical of it myself but thought, I'd give it a try. It's called "Doggie Poo". If you have netflix.com you can view it under the "Watch Now". It's about 30 minutes long and is probably one of the most thoughtful/beautiful films I've seen in a very long time. One has to have kids or some life experience to understand it. The music is so touching and the stop motion art, is very well done. It's one of those films that stays with you and addresses those feelings of why are we here? What is our purpose? If you've got netflix or can rent this little film, it will be one of the best things you've done for yourself. This is what most art should aim for...oddly, titled "Doggie Poo". lol! :)

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