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Fall festival time...harvest, abundance, wine, food. A time of celebration!

Or is it?

The stock markets are plummeting, there's talk of recession, people are losing their jobs and financial giants are crumbling.

I live in a rural area, and as I have been thinking about this article the last few days, I have been looking forward in anticipation to writing about the Fall Wine Festival, harvest celebrations, and the general feeling of being thankful for such abundance. The apple trees out my window are laden with dark red apples contrasted against a brilliant blue sky. I can hear the machinery in the orchard next door as the harvest continues. The grapes are soaking up the last of the summer sun, preserving that essence as sweet sugar that makes our wines so luscious.  

Traditionally, this is the time of great celebration. Here in the Okanagan in South Central British Columbia, Canada, life is pretty much the way it always has been. The late summer is traditionally warm this year, and the orchardists, vineyards and wineries are all gearing up to bring in the last of the ripened fruit. The grapes will be crushed, and we will all celebrate at the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival. Two weeks of celebrating abundance.  

Here in B.C. Canada, we are relatively unscathed by the financial and economic chaos that is occurring in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. People are losing their jobs, their homes, and their retirement security. People are frightened. The news is flooded with the horror of a system in collapse. There are huge areas and cities that have been devastated by storms. Suffering is palpable.

 And it makes me wonder about all of all this celebration and indulgence and frivolity. It's kind of like the feeling you get when you find yourself laughing at a funeral. It makes me feel guilty somehow. It just doesn't feel right. I should be sorrowful out of respect for those that are suffering.

And, yet, life goes on. And, I am thankful. I am thankful that I am living in a time and place that I can enjoy the abundance all around me. I want to celebrate the weather, the harvest, the crush. I want to enjoy the fruit of the farmer's labour – the wine and the food. My friends. My good fortune.  

I WILL savour all the richness that it available to me. And be even MORE grateful at this year's Harvest Festivals as I recognize that this year, I am so very privileged. I will celebrate and be mindful of all those that are not as fortunate as I this year.  

If you are one of those hit hard by current circumstances, my hope is that you will find some small reason to celebrate too.



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • You know it is scary out there right now...all of the not knowing what is going to happen with this and with that.  But...I am grateful everyday that I wake up and I have another day to live.  But I might tighten my belt a bit...but I refuse to quit living.  Therefore...I will still decorate a bit for Halloween...I will still eat my Mexican food (in moderation of course), and I  will still go to the movie and I will still go to the Dollar store and buy my junk.  As long as I can...I will.  When we stop living and doing these things...it also stops the economy even more.  The worst thing we can do is to stop patronizing these local businesses.
      And when we give into this mess....we surrender everything.  

      Happy Fall!!!



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