Coffee and Contemplation: Mabon the Autumnal Equinox

This year, the first day of Autumn is September 22, this Tuesday. Throughout human history, this was the time of the harvest. Many festivals were held to celebrate the harvest and give thanks. Mabon is a pagan holiday and one of the eight Wiccan sabbats. This is the second of three harvest festivals celebrated. Oktokerfest originally began during the last week of September when it began in the 1700s. During the mid-harvest, farmers would know how well their Summer crops did. This would also tell them if they had enough food for the Winter.

The original American Thanksgiving was celebrated on October 3. Thanksgiving was never given an official day on the calendar until 1942. This is the time to have feasts with friends. Drink and be merry and all that. Feasting and giving things at this time of year makes more sense to me than at the end of November. I think I’ll call this Proto-Thanksgiving. Though I don’t have any feasting plans coming up. What I enjoy about living in the desert is any time of year is good for barbequing. Most common folk don’t go out harvesting food like farmers, but this is the appropriate time of year to be thankful for having food. Although one should appreciate this every day. 

Coffee and Contemplation: Self-Improvement Month

September is Self-Improvement Month. There are all kinds of ways for one to improve themselves. It depends on what kind of person they want to be and what they have to do to get there. It could be something as simple as learning to recipes for dinner or saving money for a new car. I want to share some of the things I’ve done to improve myself. Most of these things I’ve been doing for almost a year. I recommend using Self-Improvement Month as a starting point for short-term and long-term goals. Short-term goals being less than a year and long-term taking a year or longer.

I made a list for myself and am happy to say I crossed off all my short-term goals and even a couple long-term. These were simple things like saving money and getting some new clothes. There were many other things that weren’t on my goals list. For example, I had money saved to get some dental work I’ve needed. I had to get a root canal and a crown. I’ve been reading more books and writing a lot more. I’ve even planned a little road trip for my birthday weekend. So what are you doing to improve yourself? 

Coffee and Contemplation: What’s with All the Stuff on this Blog?

I’ve posted all kinds of things on this blog. I’ve shared some knowledge and holidays and tips. It’s been a while since I’ve talked to my readers. I wanted to share and explain some of these segments on this blog and why I do things the way I do. I considered that maybe others read or like the posts but don’t know what all the titles mean. What’s the difference between Poetry Monday and Throwback Thursday Poetry? Once I’ve explained it all, I wonder of which things my readers will want more. What new things should I share?

I’ll start with the poetry segments. Poetry Monday and Tuesday Poetry are the days I post poems from my newest works. These are the most recent published poems. Throwback Thursday Poetry and Flashback Friday Poetry are poems from many years ago. Most of them were written between 2002 to 2014. After I’ve posted a poem as a throwback or flashback, I feel the need to retire them from the blog. The older poems are not always the best. Now and then I’ll have special segments such as my Protest Poetry this month and Caturday Poetry back in April.

I started Wacky Wednesdays because I had found several lists of words that felt strange and unusual and I wanted to share them. I added the holidays shortly after to give the posts a little more depth. This segment, Coffee and Contemplation, is intended to be about have some coffee and discussing a topic of some kind. I don’t think I always write the posts in that manner, but I enjoy the title regardless. Perhaps I expand this to an actual discussion among a small group of people.

I’m always thinking of new things to post about on this blog and sometimes I struggle. I plan to figure what it is I’m doing with the novels I’ve focused on reading. It’s helped me get a clearer image of my own writing. What I want is to have a post about each of the books I’ve read on this journey. Nothing extravagant. A quick synopsis and the things I took away. I don’t want to write in depth literary analyses about each novel. I’ll get bored of that too fast. Maybe I’ll get to that point. Maybe I’ll find something else to write about. One thing is certain, I’ve focused on this blog and have slacked on my fiction writing. At least I’m writing something.