Writer’s what — block? cramp? angst?

Oct 23, 2023 | 0 comments

Samhain – Traditionally a festival of fire and feasts

Since my column in the Chinook Observer is published on the first Wednesday of each month, and since the first Wednesday of November is actually November 1st. and since that day is Samhain,  a Gaelic festival  marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year…

I thought I had the perfect topic for my November 2023 column.  Added to all the above is my lifetime understanding that Oysterville is one of the “thin places” of this world. And, in case you don’t know what that is exactly:  Thin places are places of energy — a place where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin. A thin place is where one can walk in two worlds – the worlds are fused together, knitted loosely where the differences can be discerned or tightly where the two worlds become one.

If you are a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series (the books, more than the television shows) you will know something about Samhain and how Gabaldon involves that festival with time travel and the standing stones of Scotland.  I’d love to ask her if the concept of thin places (which has not  been specifically mentioned in her first eight books) has entered her thinking at all.

9th Book in Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

As I noodled all this around, I thought that I had the elements of an interesting column — the perfect one to be published on November 1st!  But when I tried to make some sort of order from my thoughts, I found that I couldn’t quite write them out cohesively.  Maybe it would help if we knew for sure (or even suspected) that there were time travelers among us. Or, perhaps if we had standing stones here in Oysterville (and not fake ones like the ones in Maryhill.)  Nor do I think old pilings along the bay shore are the substitute I’m looking for.

So… I put my idea on hold for a while and filed it under “MRN — More Research Needed.”  I came up with a suitable substitute (I think).  You can let me  know what you think after next Wednesday’s paper comes out!


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