Muskoka Steam Ship

Muskoka Ontario – Old steamer plying it’s way through cottage countr-

The Druids are singing and dancing at Stone Henge, the Koreans are celebrating with a feast and even Google got in the act with an equinox doodle.   It is the fall equinox for those of who live in the Northern Hemisphere and that means it is the day that night is as long as the day.

Here in Canada we are about two weeks away from our fall festivals (aka Thanksgiving) but I believe most of us celebrate the fall equinox with a minute or two of gazing at the beauty around us.  We live in a land full of natural colour and in the fall we celebrate that colour with great pride and gusto.

The warm colours of fall are everywhere.  Bright yellows and reds on the maples.  Orange pumpkins and golden corn stalks.  In our own way we are also holding as tightly as we can to warmth of the sun and the rich colours help hold that warm feeling.  We watch the changes in colour with each day until the leaves all hit the ground and we are left with evergreens and the brown which precedes the white of winter.

Here in Ontario and across the country the sound of combines hum through the night as corn, soya beans and wheat find their way from field to storage.  In our area the tobacco is almost all picked and the apples are being picked for the winter store.  An occassional field filled with pumpkins always makes me smile.  They seem to hide until September and then suddenly there they are all orange and smirking among the yellowing vines.

In the mornings these days I have the great privelege to watch sun rises through the fog. The warm earth and the cooler air meet the morning with waves of earth bound clouds creating mystical, magical looking skies.

Fall also brings our annual fair to Norfolk County and that is something I love.  The smell of horses and candy floss all in one breath is like nothing else.  It happens around Thanksgivng too so it is often a homecoming type event.  (More about that after I get there).

Our friends in the Southern Hemisphere are having their own equinox today but it is their harbinger of spring.  Spring or Fall, no matter where you were today the light and dark are equal and that only happens two times a year.  Enjoy.



About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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One Response to Equinox

  1. You caught a great ray of sunshine on that sunflower!

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