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When the apples were all gathered and the cider was all made, and the yellow pumpkins were rolled in from many a hill in billows of gold, and the corn was husked, and the labours of the season were done, and the warm, late days of Indian summer came in, dreamy and calm and still, with just frost enough to crisp the ground of a morning, but with warm trances of benignant, sunny hours at noon, there came over the community a sort of genial repose of spirit—a sense of something accomplished, and of a new golden mark made in advance on the calendar of life—and the deacon began to say to the minister, of a Sunday, I suppose it's about time for the Thanksgiving proclamation.--Harriet Beecher Stowe
I am thankful that daylight savings time finally ends tonight. It was entirely pointless for the CONgress to stick us with another four weeks of DST back in 2005. If it's still pitch black at 6:30 in the morning, you're not saving any juice. Further, if it's pitch black at 6:30 here in the southland, does the sun ever come up in Seattle? Maybe not, but it may not be the fault of DST.
There is also the argument that Americans don't use electricity in the same way we once did. In July 1951 the family was gathered around the Philco in the living room while a fan circulated hot, sultry air providing the illusion of cooling. In July 2011 flat screens blare day and night, often competing for attention from several different rooms. The air conditioning might be set at an eco-friendly 70-something, but it still runs when it's hot outside. Incandescent bulbs, radio tubes, and electric fans are orders of magnitude less energy intensive than a/c and plasma screens. Whatever time the sun sets seems only nominally related to energy consumption.
DST is fun when you're a kid and the warm summer breezes rustle the cottonwoods. Although, come to think of it, it was very odd to be sent to bed before dark when we'd visit the cousins in St Paul. WTH? Whaddya mean it's time for bed? The sun's still up.
The clock? Roadside Americana. I have three of these, in various states of preservation. Each is at least fifty years old. All of them still work.
As all y'all already know, Thanksgiving is TWC's favorite holiday. That's why I think I can get into the thankful meme that's going around Facebook, and to a lesser extent over at Google Plus. Heck, it might be tweetin' too, but I don't know.
The thankful theme/meme has manifestated itself in several different ways, ranging from simple, to corny, to funny, to moving. I think I like Tamale Girl's friend Kim has an interesting approach.....
November's challenge: find one thing each day during the month that you are grateful for, and take a photograph that represents that item in some way. It doesn't have to be an exact representation, but something that reminds you or triggers that thought. Have fun with it!
Day Four: TWC is grateful for this sunset seen from my bedroom.....
Harriet Beecher Stowe had this to say about the High Holy Day of Thanksgiving.....
The king and high priest of all the festivals was the autumn Thanksgiving. When the apples were all gathered and the cider was all made, and the yellow pumpkins were rolled in from many a hill in billows of gold, and the corn was husked, and the labors of the season were done, and the warm, late days of Indian Summer came in, dreamy, and calm, and still, with just enough frost to crisp the ground of a morning, but with warm traces of benignant, sunny hours at noon, there came over the community a sort of genial repose of spirit - a sense of something accomplished.