I never got around to doing a Halloween post, but here is the pumpkin my daughter and I carved. She picked this one out—it was huge! Halloween was warm for this latitude, a light jacket was all one needed to be outdoors. Normally I have a fire after trick-or-treating, but this year it was too warm. Yesterday, I spent some time cutting, splitting and stacking wood and bringing in some of last years wood and storing it on the back porch for when it finally gets cold enough to use the fireplace.
I had a friend here on Friday and half of Saturday. We spent Friday afternoon on the river, catching the last of fall’s fading splendor. Mostly it’s the oaks that are still colorful, the maples having surrendered their leaves. It was perfect weather to paddle, the temperature being in the low 60s.
We spent the afternoon catching up on each other's life and talking about the books we've been reading, our thoughts on the election, philosophy and theology and other such subjects.
I love it when the sun drops low, later in the afternoon, and the water shimmers with reflected light.
"Let books be your friends, for, by so doing, you can summon to your fireside in seasons of loneliness the choice spirits of all the ages. Observe mankind through the eyes of charity, for, by so doing, you will discover anew the oft forgotten fact that earth is peopled with many gallant souls. Study nature and walks at times in solitude beneath the starry heavens, for, by so doing, you will absorb the great lesson that God is infinite and that your life is just a little beat within the heart of time. Cling to the ancient landmarks of truth, but be ever ready to test the soundness of a new idea. Accept whatever your mind finds to be true, and whatever your conscience determines to be right, and whatever your heart declares to be noble, even though your act in so doing may drive a hoary prejudice from its throne. And, above all things, meditate often upon the words and deeds of Him who died on Calvary for, by so doing, 'ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'"