Summer Days…and autumn on the Way
Here in Edmonton, Alberta, according to me, we’ve been having a Camelot sort of summer…night time thunderstorms…daytime sunshine…and so much greenery everywhere…gardens growing tall and nearly wild! (Lovely!) The 2019 summer seminar wth John de Ruiter was exceptionally transformational and many of the VOD’s are currently available on JdR TV. After the usual six-week vacation, Oasis College meetings re-convened, and shortly afterwards, about 400 people went camping with John and attended a six-day seminar in the beautiful Rocky Mountains near Nordegg.
At the risk of sounding a bit defensive: I love rain…bring it on…thank you Mother Nature! Okay, okay, there have been rainy daytimes too, both here and in the Nordegg area…and those rainy periods have been inter-laced with warm sunshine – honest!! Even though it appears the sunny periods have been greatly over-looked in favour of disdain for rain, it really is all about how we are in any of it…right?
Over the last few months, there were many nights when I sat at my large living room window – top floor of a five-story apartment building, in awe of the massive displays of ‘sheet’ lightening and fork lightning that lit up the sky…followed by thundering rumbles and sharp crackling sounds that seemed to electrify the city:) I love thunder storms, and I’ve been lulled to sleep so often by those sweet, hypnotic sounds of pitter patter and deep booming of thunder. During these summer months, I’ve had the joy of being awakened by early-morning birdsong…as soft sunlight creeps in through the curtains, and the scent of wet greenery invades the air. (Hence, the ‘Camelot’ reference.)
Throughout the rain complaints and debates, I had a chance to experience some Edmonton’s annual festivals and events. I helped out at “Art Walk” in the Strathcona district, where we had such fun…including the few times we had to quickly throw plastic covers over art pieces – always for very short durations during times of light drizzle. There was lots of sunshine over those three days as artists and visitors shared stories, and original masterpieces were admired and purchased. None of what I overheard seemed to be about the weather.
Heritage festival, August 3rd – 5th included lots of sunshine for three fabulous days; a visit to the Devonian Gardens in late July was exquisite…and despite the rain, Edmonton’s annual folk fest still had thousands of people show up to enjoy some of the world’s top entertainers.
My regular walks along river valley trails were all enjoyed during warm, sunny periods, and those walks were no less enjoyable when it was overcast or rainy.
Before I bring this to a close, it would seem fair to offer at least one rainy day photo, and so I’ve chosen the one below (cool photo taken by a local amateur photographer).
Here’s wishing you a wonderful day, an enjoyable rest-of-the-summer, and an open-hearted welcome to autumn – whatever the weather may have to offer.Cheers!! Heather Harmony O’Hara Editor, Concinnity Magazine
Archives: April, 2019
It’s here. It landed! Spring 2019 made it all the way to Edmonton, and we all know what that means: warm sunshine…birds twittering (or honking, as the geese do…), buds appearing on branches…rainfall…and mmmm…sweet, fresh air!
Another winter camping trip with John gets underway tomorrow (April 12th)…a group of forty participants I’m told, and though the weather has warmed rying tup somewhat, it’s still hovering around the freezing point at night – at least where the group will be staying. The camping trip will lead us into the spring seminar at the Oasis College of Integrated Philosophy, where a sweet metamorphosis continues. The beautiful Oasis gardens will be ready for enjoying, sitting in the sunshine…walking pathways. (Who knows? We might even see a bunny or two!) Love to you:)
Archives: November, 2018
The snow is falling in Edmonton and I’m enjoying every little bit that softly dances past my window. As with most things, my response to winter’s arrival is unusually different these days…or perhaps it’s the way I remember it as a child. I noticed that when I stepped outside to go for a walk today…the icy wind stung my cheeks, which was surprisingly refreshing…not like the old days when such things seemed like nothing more than a big inconvenience.
The winter weather in Edmonton has been quite mild this time. Though snow appeared in mid September, there have been long stretches of sunshine and warmer temperatures…all the way here, January 20th, 2019. That stated, what it means to me is: more long walks by the river; enjoying sunshine streaming through the windows in the morning…and stopping to hear chickadees singing in the trees (massive flocks of them…hiding in pine trees…singing as a choir).
Take care you dear sweethearts, and I’ll look forward to offering more updates in the new year.Love Heather Harmony O’Hara Creator/Editor, Concinnity Magazine
Message from September, 2018
Someone asked me about this magazine endeavour recently and after I gave her an update, I realized that it might be helpful to let others know the status of things too.
A Bit of Background: In 2009 I teamed up with a friend who shared my enthusiasm to create a newsletter-type web page for people in the Oasis Edmonton community. A few months into the project however, my friend had to step aside due to increasingly busy work schedules. I continued on with “Concinnity” by meeting regularly with a few interested people…sharing ideas and gradually creating a simple Weebly website. Along the way, and with the volunteer help of a wonderful web designer…and my dear son, Concinnity has transformed into the site you see today.
Currently: This lovely creation continues to be a source of information for those awake and aware ones who aren’t too sure what the next step may be. (If that might be you, you may want to consider visiting the Oasis Centre and meeting with John de Ruiter. I found my first visit to be both unusual and deeply profound, and each consecutive visit, the same.) I’ve added new pictures and articles with the changing of each season, and I continue to invite submissions from any who are interested – poets and artists alike.Love from Heather Harmony.