Summer is winding down.
After too many hot, smoky days here in Portland, things are finally clearing out. The air quality is improved, the temperatures have fallen back to more "normal" levels, and my bicycle tires are rolling over brown leaves that have already fallen from the trees. There is a welcome chill in the early mornings now; our cat snuggles closer to me and she will soon want to sit on my lap again. The roses at Peninsula Park are slowly dropping their petals, there's a light morning mist hovering over the Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock trees in the West Hills, and the world is turning from summer to fall.
I've enjoyed the time at home with my partner and our friends.
And now I'm getting ready for a new year of the soul.
The Jewish month of Elul is a time spent preparing for the work of the High Holy Days -- the time bookended by Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. When Elul ends in a couple of weeks, I will hope and pray that my preparatory work of the soul has been useful, and I will enter the Days of Awe with an open heart and mind, ready to own the places where I've missed the mark and to give thanks for the opportunity to mend, to heal and grow into another year.
No matter what path you walk, this transition from summer to fall is filled with beautiful ways to consider the transitions in our lives. May this time offer something beautiful and thoughtful to you and yours. If you walk a Jewish path, I'll wish you a Shanah Tovah -- a Good Year -- filled with blessing, growth and peace. I look forward to seeing you in person during my upcoming travels. Please check the calendar at my web page (http://www.beth-hamon-music.com/calendar.html) and, if I visit your town, be sure to come find me after a show and say hi.
Thank you for supporting Jewish Music Made By Hand.
Buckets of peace --Beth