Fall has arrived and in my house it came with a gift of the cold! Normally not one to succumb to illness – other than the so-called preexisting conditions – this bout has been lingering ever since my granddaughter, who was the kind bearer of the gift, brought it to my home.
Scouring the Internet and my co-bloggers’ pages, there is a multitude of Fall giveaways and offerings available to savvy shoppers. We, my daughter and I, actually kicked off the season with our own adventure last Saturday which was the conversation of the most read post of this week. “Fall Shopping And The Perfect Guy: A Tale of Frustration.” Check it out here and do share with me in the comments section whether your Fall shopping has begun and what is on the list.
Fall is a great time to start preparing for the winter months. As the leaves change, creating the most natural kaleidoscope of colours, the last thing that might be on your mind is winter. Not everyone, however, forgets what is coming next. My recollection of my ex’s words regarding our decision to migrate is as vivid as the Fall colours appearing right now here in Edmonton, Alberta. “I want to experience the changing of the seasons,” were the words but like many Canadians, once experienced during the first couple of years, winter became a foe.
Patience, Winter Is On Its Way
Winter is as great a season as any other in my view. Cold yes, but huddled in my house on a winter’s night is the best time for me to practice a “virtue” that sometimes still elude me – patience. The second most visited post of this week discussed that very topic. “Be Still And Know: Practising Patience,” could be expanded and republished as an eBook, if I may say so myself, and distributed through Fall to those who need an idea how to use the upcoming winter months. This is my favourite quote from that post,
“Impatience is rooted in fear – fear that what is yours will not come, that you are undeserving or just it, whatever it is, simply cannot be possible.” Claudette P. Esterine
The third most read post since my last Roundup, was “Are You A Power Talker Or A Peddler of Poison?” Published on Wednesday, this was a recycled and revised post of mine that was previously published on Blogger. The theme has nothing to do with Fall instead it is a suggestion to check the quality of your conversations year-round. It was revised and republished coming out of an experience of hostility and verbal abuse being targetted at me on my Facebook page due to my position on wearing the niqab at a swearing in ceremony here in Canada. Check out the post and share in the comment section your self-assessment: power talker or poison peddler?
The Real Winner
Closing this first Fall Roundup with a recap of the “top of the top” post for this week. Usually, only three new posts are chosen for the roundup but as work continues to increase the readership of the blog, new visitors arrived and as they browsed and they found older posts that interested them. Coincidentally or not, the post that actually was the most viewed and read this week was from our Contributor, Neelma Tashfeen, who lives in Pakistan. Her post, “A Peek Into The Daily Lives of 3 Pakistani Women,” drew some attention and for that I am grateful as it says that there is a real interest among you – new and returning readers – about the lives of other women in our world.
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First Fall Friday
The intention of this blog is to highlight in an inspiring and heartfelt manner the real life issues affecting women around the world. We do not have a team of investigative journalists but what we are is a group of writers, coaches, ordinary people living extraordinary lives according to our personal designs. What we do is to write from our hearts on those real life issues.
Your visits and comments are greatly appreciated. As this blog grows, the hope is to introduce more writers who will add to the flavour. I am currently in conversation with a Nigerian woman, living in that country, who I hope will help to make our offering that more interesting and life-enhancing. More on that next week.
Do enjoy your Friday and Fall!