Finally, the leaves are beginning to turn. The sky has turned that magnificent color of blue that heralds the skies of Autumn and is the perfect backdrop for the blazing colors of the autumn leaves. My favorite season is upon us. Wednesday is Halloween, Sunday we return to regular time as we set the clocks back and Tuesday is election day. That makes this week a busy week for everyone.
Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, or All Saints Eve has always been my favorite holiday. There is a certain energy on the 31st of October that feels like transition. Is it merely the changing of the seasons in full sway, turning the calendar one more month, feeling the comforting sigh of the earth as harvest is happening? Or, is it the subtle movement of souls settling and re-settling as our memories call to them and they ready themselves to walk among us again on Halloween Night? I live in a haunted house, so I suppose you know what my guess is.
In preparation for Halloween this year I went with my friend, Carol Stone, to see “Little Shop Of Horrors” at the Collins Theater in Paragould on Friday. The Green County Fine Arts Council did an excellent job with the play. I had forgotten so much of the story it was almost like seeing it for the first time. All I really remembered was the dentist. I think that may be one reason I used to have such a fear of dentists. Thank you Dr. Blackshare for showing me that dentists are not really sadists and taking away my paranoia. I thoroughly enjoyed the play.
It was a good break from the real horrors of watching the pipe bombs as they were discovered last week, destined for so many of our political figures. It is a dark time for our country. It became even darker on Saturday when eleven people were shot and killed as they worshiped in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Two more people were shot and killed (one in front of his 9-year-old grandson) at a Kroger store in Jeffersontown, KY.
These were crimes committed out of fear, of hate, all based on stories that were told which are not true. I wonder how many more crimes could be prevented, how many lives could be saved, if we all stopped believing everything we are told and did our homework. We have an election coming next week. Early voting has already started and not everything we hear is the truth. I urge each and every one of you to take a deeper look. Check everything out. You have access to information on the web. Find out if you are being told the truth or not. And here’s a thought. A liar will lie. It is your responsibility to find the truth.
Remember that some of the voting centers have changed. You may call the County Clerk’s office at 870 598-2813 if you have questions. If for some reason you have registered to vote and your registration is not on file or if there is a problem, the poll worker should offer you a provisional ballot. If not, you can ask for one. Then you will be told what you need to do to prove your right to vote. You must have a picture ID to cast your ballot.
Your vote is your voice. Use it wisely. This is an important election. There is still time to study the candidates and the bills. Get ready, set, vote. You can check to be sure you are registered at: https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/ . Just enter the state and your name and birthday and it will tell you if you are still registered.
I suppose that’s all I have to tell you this week. Let me know if there is anything you would like to see in this column and I will share it with everyone else. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone number (870) 595-4997. Check out your Rector, Arkansas website: www.rectorarkansas.com from time to time. I love to be told I need to update it and I take all suggestions to heart. Take a look.
Goodbye for now.