Taste of Autumn September 26, 2011 by Shiva Rose Taste of Autumn September 26, 2011 The autumn equinox is upon us and bringing with it a time of reflection and going inward. Even here in Los Angeles autumn is in the air. The world around us is changing, evolving, crashing but at our hearth we can create a peaceful refuge. This week the women of Saudi Arabia were finally given the right to vote, and the US executed a man who many believed was innocent. The light and the dark always duking it out. Last weekend I took my daughter apple picking. I took her begrudgingly since round trip it was a four hour driving expedition. Once there though, I got caught up in her joy at being in a place that was lost in time. When we were standing in the long line to pay for our apples, I began my favorite past time . . . unabashed people watching. In front of us in the line I discovered a father and son that made the trip worth every second. The son was a severely handicapped man in his twenties, and clearly adopted since the father was of another race. The son was agitated and fearful but latched onto his adopted father as if to a life raft in the middle of the sea. The father (a big cowboy of a man) soothed him and held him in such a gentle and loving manner, that I was reminded of the abundance of light in the world. That gift lit me up and everyone around me. This week Heather Taylor teaches us the art of canning fruit, Cheryl Smith creates alchemy with her blessed oils, and we resurrect the Gold Dust Woman of the 70's. Happy fall to you all . . .