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September 4, 1997|
Nightfall descends earlier now, and a leaf here and there is starting to turn. If the changing season means little more to you than the resumption of school and the digging out of winter jackets, then a visit to Jill Pederson-Meyer's Harvest Festival page may be in order.
This page celebrates autumn by presenting bits of folk wisdom and seasonal lore gathered from Native American and other agriculturally based peoples; traditional sayings, poems, harvest recipes, equinox myths, legends, and handicraft instructions are all interspersed here. Russet reds, rusty browns, and warm shades of orange predominate, and the text is dark orange against a brighter orange background. Multicultural artwork appears throughout -- mythological figures, harvest scenes, Native American costumes, and more. It's all unified under the title "Mabon," an allusion to the hunter-god who was thought by the Welsh to usher in the harvest each year, but the unique combination of odds and ends that Pederson-Meyer has collected here is decidedly her own creation. It's a site with a sense of homespun coziness, an appreciation for the season's distinctive pleasures, and a feeling of connectedness with the practical and spiritual meanings of autumn's arrival.
Pederson-Meyer writes on a separate, autobiographical page that she has seriously studied weaving and needlecraft, which somehow is not suprising, as her Web-page design seems to be a modern incarnation of a traditional craft -- the patching together of a quilt of sorts, stitched with programming code instead of thread.
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