Morning Hours…

While I work on books that I’m writing, books that I’m editing, and freelance pieces, I also have notebooks for journaling and quotes and for my ‘3 Pages’. There is a book by Julia Cameron called The Artists Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. I read it many years ago, the one lesson that stuck was writing 3 pages each morning, a very non judgmental, stream of consciousness sort of writing. Those pages are often just a bunch of nothingness, which is what they are supposed to be. It’s supposed to get the ‘gunk’ out of the way first thing. I have a lot of lists in my pages, things to do, edit, buy from the grocery store and such. But sometimes, I end up with these strange paragraphs that don’t fit anywhere but they are nice snippets of writing.

Lately, I’ve been writing a lot of odes to the fall. I came across this quote that I put in my ‘fall facts’ blog post: 

“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October,
tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle!
O grace!”
Rainbow Rowell

Such a nice sentiment, but it got me thinking, you know, odes to October aren’t just for romantic poets of olden days. Poetry is meant to be mailable. It’s meant to be expressed by everyone. Especially in fall. So I’ve spent many mornings attempting to capture this fall on paper. 

Along this journey, I was looking for a synonym for the word ‘crunch’, as in: the leaves crunched under my feet. And I came across this word: psithurism

“These sounds of wind in the trees and the rustling of leaves have enchanted so many people over time that
they invented a word to describe them: psithurism. Like many words that begin with “ps,” the “p” at
the beginning of psithurism is silent, and the word is pronounced sith-err-iz-um.

Psithurism comes from the Greek word psithuros, which means whispering. That certainly fits with the
sound wind often makes when it blows through trees.”

All of this introduction to paste a little piece of writing in here. 

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