October has whizzed by; for once, though, I am prepared for visitors — trick or treaters that is..

This has been one of the prettiest Octobers I can remember giving  several gifts of crisp blue skies and oh so fresh air. Even the rainy days have been . . .  restful. 

October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book. ~John Sinor (1930–1996), in San Diego Union-Tribune

Many October nights, I sank into bed with a good book —and so I’ve had a slower read than I would have had settled in an easy chair . . . maybe. 

I finally finished the book about the White House from May 1940 to April 1945, No Ordinary Time.  Falling asleep while reading it made for interesting dreams. (As the morning headlines this month often fomented a few nightmares!) 

Doris Kerns Goodwin’s book reminded me that 

1)  The more I think I know about a subject or famous people, the more I have to learn. 

If you’re always Right then you’re Too Smart to Learn. ~Arthur Guiterman, 1924  [a little altered —tg]*

2) People — were never made for the tempting  pigeonholes I create for them.

Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world. ~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

3) Reading histories and biographies is a good way to see all the finger prints the hidden hand of God often leaves. ( People Don’t Believe in the Supernatural  a thoughtful story of a some WWII fliers in a raft in the Pacific by dear hubby!)

History is to the effect that man’s sins always find him out; but men continue to bet that they won’t. ~E. W. Howe

October

Agatha Christie (I am reading the new bio of her by Lucy Wolsey

The exact reason so many of  my beloved English mysteries are such compelling entertainment! 

The weather and colors this October have been gifts. Let me share a memory:

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from a wonderful walk

Finally, you might enjoy this article if you are wondering spotting God’s fingerprints 2 Competing Visions of History by Dennis L. Sansom, who concluded: 

It’s true that fear, destructiveness, and war are with us, but it’s also true that God and his restoration is at work.  .  . Destruction cannot cause restoration. Evil cannot cause goodness. But the Lord is wrestling redemption out of chaos, just as Isaiah foretold. Only one question remains: To what are we contributing?

A point to ponder as leaves and temperatures fall . . . and October 2022 becomes a lovely memory. 

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Painting is my escape from reality. I can literally create any kind of world that I want — with tranquility and peace. All my little animal friends, they all live right here with me. ~Bob Ross

 

*Quotes from QuoteGarden.Com 

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