How to comfort yourself in the darkest days

King of Night / Suzanne McDermott / Watercolor / 8 x 8 in.
Even with today's super full moon, our clocks have fallen back and we have moved into darker days and nights and uncertainty. 

Click here for tips to help you navigate these in between times...

Life imitates art

It's been a delicious year.

I swear to god, if I wait any longer to start this blog and write this post, I'm going to pop! Every time I intend to restart my blogging life, my online writing and posting, my whatever this is I'm trying to express, something comes up and offers interference. I have succumbed to that interference so far but no longer.

One week ago, shy one hour, I was rear-ended by a distracted 22-year old and my life turned into smashed cars, pain and suffering and doctors visits and hours on the phone with insurance agents and arranging for and picking up rental cars and adjusting to new circumstances and intending that all of this interruption and challenge is a blessing in disguise. Yes, this is a blessing in disguise although I'll only recognize the blessing in retrospect. Read more...

All things being equal

    Tree Glow | Suzanne McDermott Watercolor

What with Mercury going direct, waking up a bit too late this morning, and starting up this transformed blog today, I almost forgot that it's the Autumnal Equinox. This topic deserves a nice, juicy, long post but I'll just throw a few brief thoughts out to acknowledge and honor this oh, so important moment of the year.

Here's what I'm doing:

  • Writing this blog post!
  • Reading this National Geographic article.
  • Lighting a candle and
  • Some sandalwood incense*, too! (Okay, just did both.)
  • Give thanks for the summer and all that we learned from that season this year.
  • Ask for blessings and clear direction in how I may now best serve earth and my fellow earthlings
  • with special intentions
  • Go out and touch the earth
  • Feed my azaleas

Those are my quick tips for today's Equinox except to turn you on to my favorite incense! (See below.)

*The BEST sandalwood incense in the world is Mainichi Byakudan Premium Sandalwood Incense. I discovered this incense in a fabulous home and garden shop in Providence, Rhode Island about ten years ago. It spoiled me and is the only incense I've ever bought or used since. Pure, woodless, rolled by hand, it's expensive but worth it.