What Falling Leaves and Other Things Can Teach Us

Fallen oak leaves

“How surely gravity’s law
strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of even the smallest thing
and pulls it toward the heart of the world.

Each thing —
each stone, blossom, child —
is held in place.

Only we, in our arrogance,
push out beyond what we each belong to
for some empty freedom.

If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.

Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.

So, like children, we begin again
to learn from the things,
because they are in God’s heart;
they have never left him.

This is what things can teach us:
to fall,
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly!”
— Rainer Maria Rilke

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One Pumpkin at a Time

Watercolor sketch of pumpkin

“Experience fall, one pumpkin at a time.”
— Slogan from Gordon Skagit Farms website

I don’t know if I will make the drive this year to Gordon Skagit Farms in Mount Vernon for its annual October pumpkin extravaganza.  I would dearly love to see Eddie Gordon’s newest paintings, which he hangs outdoors on the barns, sheds, and grounds.  They are always amazing.  But this year I am feeling buried under other self-imposed obligations, so I might not make the time to go.

Instead, I invite you to revisit some old blog posts about Gordon Skagit Farms.  You can find links from my day trips in 2012 – 2015 here and here, and here.

This year’s paintings of pumpkins and squashes