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The Beauty of Change

November 7, 2019

By: Barb Holtz

I pulled down the OPN drive last week not yet ready to let go of late summer purples and golds. Blossoms had faded into bounty, stem tips laden with winged or downy seed. Flocks of songbirds gathered to harvest, flitting about the fields like the doors have just opened on the first holiday sale. This is what OPN Seed is all about - the seed. That little piece of germ plump with the future. Without the changes before me, the hope of spring wanes.

Fall at OPN Seed

Getting out of my car, I'm greeted by Jack, our resident Prairie Dog, eternally excited for all life brings (including me)! We stroll over to drink in the autumn view cloaking the Big Bluestem fields. Breathtaking! While heat and hues of summer top my list of season favs, the fleeting pallet of fall may just be a tie. This season slows my breath and calms my soul. Readies me, like the rest of nature, for what is to come and I am complete, grateful, fed.


“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love - that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
[Letter to Miss Lewis, Oct. 1, 1841]” 
― George Eliot, George Eliot's Life, as Related in Her Letters and Journals - Volume 1

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