Autumn is a time for contemplation. As we turn the page on another season, it’s as if Nature is echoing what we feel instinctively – the dulling of colours as dead leaves are shoved around by the hand of the wind, flaming branches of maples and the golden poplars whispering in that same wind. Because the weather has been so damp and cool, the fall flowers are stunning – great swathes of hydrangeas turning blush pink in the frost, florid sedums, gigantic stands of Rudbeckia and Echinacea. And so much green, green, green.

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It’s dark now when the alarm chirps at 6:30 and if we venture onto the deck to bask in the weak rays of the sun at suppertime, there’s a nip in the air and the light is gone shortly after eight o’clock. This year, the animals are in a frenzy of collecting – nuts, seeds and for some loony squirrels in our yard, plastic practice golf balls. I’m running around packing for my weekend Master Class workshop with Barbara Kyle.

Each of the ten participants had to submit a ‘partial’ – 30 pages of their work. Luckily for me, working with Sam Hiyate has turned things around so I have a fresh start in media res on offer. Just finished another 30 for him to read in advance of our conference call next week. That feels good.

Like the wild things, I’m methodically preparing for winter, switching the summer bedding for heavier blankets and the duvet, exchanging summer pastels for more somber wools and socks. But it’s all good. We are blessed.

“You have to become very still and listen while your inner voice – the very essence of you – tells you who you are. You’ll know you’ve found it when every cell in your body practically vibrates; when you’re filled up by what you’re doing instead of being drained by it.” – Oprah Winfrey

“I’ve come to trust not that events will always unfold exactly as I want, but that I will be fine either way.” – Marianne Williamson

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” – Lily Tomlin

“Intuition is the spontaneous appearance of knowledge: a new idea, the solution to a problem, a clear sense of where to go or what to do next. (It occurs) in the absence of sufficient background or information to think one’s way to that conclusion.” – Rev. Mary Murray Shelton

“It’s our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Dumbledore, the great wizard in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets