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Autumn in Black and White


RT figures he was introduced to Autumn when he was 3 or 4; his family had returned from Brazil to Washington D.C., for what turned out to be about 6 years. He has some sharp memories of growing accustomed to the change in light, and one Thanksgiving in particular, when we drove out into the country to share the holiday with friends. Vivid images of the newly bleak landscape, punctuated with maple reds and muted gold, everything under the slanting light, lodged in his mind.

Light is a powerful thing, and so are shadows. RT recalls the story of another little boy who came back to the United States from Brazil (and specifically, from the treeless environs of the newly dedicated Brasilia): this particular boy was scared by the shadows that trees cast. One can only imagine that his first fall back in the country was an uncomfortable time for this child.

Halloween is the day the dead walk: they have long memories and tell us things we’ve forgotten. RT suspects it is better to overcome fear and listen to what they tell us; not all their news is troubling.



Photo: Gathering Weather (1898); Alfred Horsley Hinton. WikiCmns; Public Domain.


  1. October 31, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I love that black and white photograph. So dramatic!
    Nice post… Halloween…. yes the day the dead rise up. Well actually they are rising up and hanging around a lot more than we’d like to think or know. To get the dead to the Light if you sense one around… Shepherdstown has a few.. tell them to go to the Light NOW! Put Light (ask the Divine Light to surround you, it will immediately) for protection. The dead can latch on you know.

  2. November 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    sue: sorry for the delay in answering…and thanks for your thoughtful comment…things are busy here. hope all is well in your neck of the woods… eric

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