I love pumpkin: pie, seeds, bread, and soup.
Just like the ugly scarecrow and the ugly gargoyle, the ugly jack-o-lantern was designed to "ward off evil spirits." I always thought this was a hilarious approach: ward off evil with an ugly decoy! Does that make sense to you?
I prefer the idea of warding off evil with its opposite. What's the opposite of evil?
Good, decent, courteous. There's no need to fear darkness. Or even respond to it. We dispel ugliness by being beautiful.
I once worked with a woman who celebrated her feminine beauty every day. She didn't wait for Halloween to dress up as something exciting. She didn't need permission, excuses or an invitation to a Masquerade Ball to let her glorious self shine 'til you squinted. She had a wild laugh, lioness hair, ooh-la-la shoes and an overall cayenne approach to life that I admired. Eva took great care of her mom when she was in cancer treatment, she raised two sons mostly as a single Mom, and she was savvy enough to invest in real estate. And did I mention that she could tear up a salsa dance floor?
Eva's cup was so full of good deeds, festivities and adornments that made everyone smile, she raised the atmosphere of wherever she was. I think of Eva as an example of embodying the Light of my Creator, and seeing every day as a special occasion to shine.
- Erika Harris
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.