Here are some photos from a Halloween over thirty years ago. I’ve incorporated my tried-and-true patchwork pants into yet another hobo costume (a recurring theme); my sisters, as usual, went in a completely different direction.
During our recent visit to Dahlonega, Georgia, H and I ate at a delightful little restaurant that just happened to occupy the site of the former city jail. (The first major gold rush in the United Staes occurred in this town, which I’m sure must have been reason enough for effective law enforcement.) Although the pleasant dining area is outside, the path to the restrooms passes right through the jail, with original cells on either side. When you leave, you appreciate the fresh air that much more.
Last year H and I visited the Denver Museum of Art while in Colorado with family. One of my favorite exhibits was a presentation of button blankets, ceremonial outerwear worn by Northwest Coastal Tribes. These hand-stitched capes were made of wool blankets and embellished with buttons, abalone, mother-of-pearl, and other small shells. The designs and crests identify the wearer’s family history. It was a gorgeous display of vibrant colors, textures, and stories just calling to be touched (which we couldn’t) and admired (which we did).
Back in the days when the only part of our Halloween costumes that might have been purchased was the mask (such as Sista L’s cat face), we were very creative. My hobo attire appears to be a combination of birthday outfits… blue party pants with oversized white shirt and the ever-popular red celebration blouse.
The church where I work has a small wildflower garden located near the office door. With the change of season, I’ve noticed that it has begun to look a bit scruffy… and, well, wild… but it is also a stopover for flying visitors. I observed no less than nine Monarch butterflies refueling on their way to Mexico, numerous bees guzzling nectar, and birds flitting in and out gathering seeds. It’s a busy, beautiful sight to behold.
H is a percussionist with the Georgia Philharmonic, and his first concert of the season was Saturday. The program featured music from anime, video games, science fiction, and fantasy. Not being well-versed in this genre, I was surprised and delighted at how beautiful and moving the music was.