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Monday, October 19, 2020

Solitude Season


"Season of Solitude," 5 x 7 watercolor holiday card

October dims in the calendar, and the days get shorter.

In this season of pandemic quarantines, political chaos and hatred, it's easy to feel alone, cut off from the world. It's tough mentally and emotionally on adults, but I can't imagine what this is doing to children. I hope they are more resilient.

My imagination turns to the solitude of the Great Plains, especially in the "Solitude Season" of the coming deep winter.

In contrast to this current season of feeling cooped up, stranded in life during beautiful weather, I usually treasure the coming season, when solitude means loved ones, good books, warm food, fond pets, beckoning fireplaces and time to enjoy them.

Thus today's watercolor, when the season is a gate of memories.

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