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Archive for October, 2010

Halloween Images

The hordes descend…

Horrified Jack-o-Lantern:

Robin Hood, trying to smile –  but the peanut-butter kiss is preventing it, and …

Who is this stick figure?!?

Pumpkin Lanterns

We carved our pumpkins last night.

Below is the pumpkin I carved.

Life in the slow lane

Scenes from this small-town life.

Circus Train

This evening the Barnum and Bailey circus train rolled slowly through town.

Over the weekend,

Alpaca

the alpaca grazed in autumn pastures, while

The Kline Kill, with K. at play

the Kline Kill beckoned under golden sycamores.

And this afternoon,

The barn, with fresh paint.

the painting of the barn was completed.

Life is good.

(All photos by Seth Rockmuller.)

The Full Moon

She’s a beauty, hiding secret waters in her craters.

Two photos taken this evening:

Barn Again

The work has started on painting the barn. First is the scraping of the old, peeling paint. I hope the warm weather holds long enough for the actual painting! A few of my more delicate plants were touched by frost last night. Autumn is upon us.

These words arrived from a friend:  “…when I attempt to be productive in the traditional sense, it seems as if I am hiding in busyness and running away from the heart of my being.”  Her words struck me – yes!  Because I am the caretaker of my elderly mother, some of my “busy-ness” cannot be avoided. But there are tasks I do that others could do just as well, if not better than I, and those I am in the process of releasing.

Like my friend, I wish to devote more time to contemplation, and to writing. Early autumn always feels like a slowing down time for me, before the Thanksgiving and holiday rush and visitors. Already I sense the busy-ness of the approaching holidays, as I help plan for the community’s multifaith Thanksgiving service.

Photo by Seth Rockmuller

On the walls of the barn, the old is being scraped away, in preparation for the new paint. What else is awaiting release and renewal?

Ecstatic Naturalism

Just learned about the First International Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism, at Drew University on April 1 & 2, 2011. Very tempting.

From the conference website:

An ecstatic naturalism is a perspective that seeks to move toward an aesthetic phenomenology of nature’s “sacred folds”—special centers of numinous meaning and power that may be found throughout nature, where “nature” may be understood to mean an encompassing reality that has no other, there is no referent “for” nature nor any outside “to” nature.

I recently started reading Robert S. Corrington’s book Nature’s Religion, to learn more about his concept of “sacred folds.”  If you’ve read the book, please leave me a comment with your opinion of it (or of any of his other books), or leave a note about your own experience(s) with “sacred folds.”

Another quote from the conference page:

Corrington probes into the correlation of psychosemiotics with the psychoanalytic theories of Freud, Rank, Jung, Reich, and Kristeva wherein the human unconscious shows itself to be the multiform gateway to the vast underconscious of nature.

Wow.

Two Roads

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…