Monday, October 1, 2018

All things October

"October is the month for painted leaves....As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight." ~ Henry David Thoreau, "Autumnal Tints"

At the Hunter Community Center, Clawson / Cindy La Ferle


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October tops my list of things that make me happy. I'm energized by the month's crisp, cool weather -- which always calls for beautiful boots and cozy sweaters. I love heirloom pumpkins, fires in the evening, harvest festivals, spicy pumpkin pies, and the rich, changing colors of the landscape. I love how October rekindles our nurturing instincts, sending us back to the warmth of the kitchen to simmer a comforting one-pot meal or kettle of soup. 

October's grand finale is Halloween, my favorite holiday. People who don't know me well are often surprised when I tell them I enjoy scary movies and horror films (slasher films being the exception) in the fall. In the weeks ahead, I'll be pulling old favorites from the shelf -- The Haunting of Hill House, Practical Magic, The Witches of Eastwick, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Exorcist, The Addams Family, and, of course, John Carpenter's Halloween
Cindy La Ferle

So, why do some of us like scary movies? Psychologists have several theories. The way I see it, horror films provide harmless thrills -- a jolt for the senses -- and typically offer a catharsis at the end. When "victims" in the films regain their power over ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural entities, we feel validated and relieved. Or, as Stephen King aptly put it: "We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones." 

This month, I'll be posting a couple of previously published magazine essays I've written about October. In addition you'll be seeing plenty of quotes celebrating mystery, magic, and the riches of the harvest season -- plus a few spooky photos from my collection. Don't say I didn't warn you. ~Cindy La Ferle

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