Welcome, November

posted by Sharon November 5, 2013 29 Comments
Thanksgiving

A hearty welcome to this season of thanks! It’s a time to give rather than get, to share rather than gather presents. It comes from the tradition of harvest in this country. People gave thanks for corn and wheat and enough food laid by for the winter.

Food is now as easy and close as my neighborhood market. I don’t have to labor over crops and hope for enough. But it’s still a time for thanks, a month to celebrate Thanksgiving as a family, a time to reflect on how rich I am in ways that have nothing to do with money.

A favorite poem of mine is this one by e.e. cummings:

I thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes

(I who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday;
this is the birthday of life and of love and wings; and of the gay
great happening ilimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any – lifted from the no
of all nothing – human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

I love the line, “and this is the sun’s birthday.” In autumn, the warmth of the sun in the chill air is certainly a treasure.

This November, I’ll be giving some thought to what I’m thankful for. Heading my list: Family and their unconditional love, healing after surgery last week, a team of co-workers who genuinely care for each other, friends who cheer me on. And always, “this amazing day.”

How about you? What are you most thankful for this season?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Tuesday Muse, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, and Communal Global. Photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures Minus 43 and Happy Heart.

 

 

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29 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin November 5, 2013 at 2:04 am

So many gorgeous pictures! So much to be thankful for. Hope you’re feeling better!!

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Kim Cunningham November 5, 2013 at 3:23 am

I think you hit it right on the head. What I love about Thanksgiving is the focus is not on gifts, which are fun, but I just love being able to reflect without the pressure of being a consumer.

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pienilintu November 5, 2013 at 6:58 am

Great shots!

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nina bille (@ThoughtsImages) November 5, 2013 at 8:22 am

Lovely Pictures … I’ve never seen corn in so many colors – so special! I hope you keep on recovering from the surgery – love your thoughts on thanlfulness and the beautiful poem!

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Buckeroomama November 5, 2013 at 9:04 am

The colors of autumn can’t be beat… such a lovely, lovely array of colors in everything. 🙂

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dalettre November 5, 2013 at 11:51 am

There’s nothing I don’t love about the season. 🙂 Not to mention all of the great photo opportunities.

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a spirit of simplicity November 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Beautiful pictures. I love this time of year

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mscarletti November 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Great post! ALL of it!

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Laura Hegfield November 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Beautiful November images!!

Please consider yourself officially invited to participate this year’s 5th Annual Gratitude (word) Quilt. Instructions (it is very simple) and a link that explains the origin of the word quilt can be found at the top of my blog. In past years there have been participants from every continent except Antarctica. If I’ve already invited you, I apologize… I am trying to reach as many people as possible, and sometimes forget whom I’ve already left this message for in a comment. My intention is most certainly NOT to spam you. I hope you’ll join us, it is really amazing when all the words unfurl on November 27th, Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

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kim at picking poppies November 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I guess I would have to say that I am most grateful that my son is doing so well after being diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis earlier this spring! Love that sunflare!

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Erica / Baker Stories November 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm

A beautiful reminder to savor these last few weeks of fall and to be thankful for all of our blessings. Thanks for sharing.

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tanya breese November 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

beautiful images!

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deanna1043 November 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm

What a beautiful post, so filled with gratitude and love. Happy to hear that you are recovering from your “unplanned” surgery.

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Tammy November 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Beautiful photos. Great poem.

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Michelle B November 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Beautiful fall colors! I am grateful for my family and looking forward to getting together with them on Thanksgiving.

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lisa November 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm

So many people tend to skip over November on their way to the holidays. But your shots really make a person want to stop and savor the month! I love your grasses shot and the sunburst coming out from behind the tree trunk is awesome!
Visiting from Texture Tuesday.

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Lori_Z November 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Beautiful Fall photos.

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Nancy @ A Rural Journal November 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm

So enjoyed this post Sharon — you write from your heart, which is a true talent. xo

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Molly November 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Looks like your November is arrived with sunshine and blue skies, ours has been full of grey and rain 🙁

I saw you commenting on someone elses blog about site design etc and I hope you don’t mind me jumping in but my hubby does that for a living and works with LOTS of different bloggers so if you are looking for someone please do feel free to get in touch

Mollyxxx

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Dotti November 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Oh, so sorry to hear about your appendicitis! I do hope you mend quickly because the best part of the year is ahead of us. And your November photos all say ‘November’ so beautifully!

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Pat November 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Beautiful fall images, Sharon. I love the little red wagon.

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nicki November 6, 2013 at 12:58 am

Love the red wagon.

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kelly November 6, 2013 at 2:10 am

i just love that poem. beautiful fall photos.

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Roxi November 6, 2013 at 3:43 am

Lovely poem. Hope you are recovering nicely.

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Prairie Jill November 6, 2013 at 6:34 am

Gorgeous series of fall shots! I think my favourite is the first – I love that little wagon!

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Sylvia November 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Lovely autumn photos, beautiful poem !
Hope you’re feeling better soon …
Nice week,
Sylvia

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Catherine November 7, 2013 at 1:59 am

Beautiful photos,… I love the movement and simplicity of the wheat.

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Peabea November 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm

The mix of colors of Fall are so gorgeous and the mix of the sun peeking through is a keeper also. Lovely ones you’ve chosen to share, and who doesn’t love a kids red wagon in any pic. Nice…

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Carolyn November 11, 2013 at 5:17 am

Dear Sharon: So glad you are on the mend! The photos are beautiful and so are your thoughts! Hugs for you, my friend!

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