1. The Welsh language term for the 31st of October is “Nos Calan Gaeaf”, the direct translation being literally “the night before the first day of Winter”.

    Feels like it’s been a long winter, sometimes.

  2. I love the way you write and the way you reflect on things. Most of all, I love the fact that I’ve been in your life for a big chunk of your journey, even if it’s been from a distant.

    We will always have autumns in our lives. I was listening to the radio this morning the “Remedy” started playing…It took me back to when I first started college…all the excitement and anxiety I felt…and how different of a course my life has taken since then.

    We evaluate, we remember but we keep moving forward.

  3. MIYA

    I try to look at this time of year as the time to reap what we’ve sown the rest of the year. It’s the harvest, both of the fields and of our hearts.

    For the record, when the day comes that I have my own book published I’m dedicating it to the guy that can write a short story that makes my knees go weak, has a wit sharp enough that my husband hears me giggling across the house, yet still uses the phrase “little turn-y thingy.”


    Will, you certainly do have a way with words! 😉 Loved reading this piece.

    Nostalgia’s great when it leaves you remembering the good ol’ days. It can also leave you thinking too much; and regretting what might have been… But, you know what, enjoy what you have now, today. Make new memories with old and new friends alike. You are the wizard of your own magic. You’ll know what spells to cast [write]!

    Found this quote for you:

    “Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that’s all. You can’t see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken, another heightens. Memory.
    Memory becomes your partner. You nuture it. You hold it. You dance with it.”
    – Mitch Albom (The Five People You Meet In Heaven)

  5. @Madeley: the Welsh sure have a way with words sometimes. And all those vowels!

    @PQ: yeah, that continual moving forward sometimes seems like the most important thing in the world. And thanks!

    @Miya: the harvest is the traditional way to look at it, I believe. That and dancing with nubile young lasses.

    And that’ll be an honor, just so you know.

    @Simone: thanks, and glad you enjoyed it. I liked that quote.

  6. MIYA

    I think the dancing with nubile young lasses was in May and June. However, that won’t stop my friends and I from throwing one heck of a Samhain get together involving a bonfire, home-brewed mead, and music until dawn.

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