October 22, 2103

Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, warmth itself. - Shauna Niequist FOCUS:  Food Is there anything more delectable on a crisp fall day than the warm smell of pumpkin mixed with cinnamon and spices wafting from the kitchen? ... Continue Reading →

October 21, 2013

Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,— For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble. -William Shakespeare   FOCUS:  Seasonal I must admit that... Continue Reading →

October 16, 2013

Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year. ~Chad Sugg   FOCUS:  Nature The heart-shaped leaves our Eastern Redbud tree turn a brilliant yellow each fall, as if each leaf is bursting with love for the season.  

October 13, 2013

October inherits summer's hand-me-downs: the last of the ironweed, its purple silken tatters turning brown, and the tiny starry white asters tumbling untidily on the ground like children rolling with laughter; stiff, drying Black-Eyed Susans whose dark eyes gleamed from July's roadsides; coneflowers with deep yellow petals surrounding brown pincushion centers from which bumblebees still... Continue Reading →

October 12, 2013

Fall: bright flame before winter's deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; ...The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world's oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white and silence of winter. Fall is begging for us to dance... Continue Reading →

October 10, 2013

The tints of autumn...a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, frost. - John Greenleaf Whittier   FOCUS:  Nature A little tribute to the humble garden mum, which is the somewhat unappreciated supporting cast to the season's showstopping fall leaves...            

October 7, 2013

It was one of those perfect autumnal days, which occur more frequently in memory than in life. The rich colors of grass and earth were intensified by the mellow light of a sun almost warm enough for spring... ~P.D. James   FOCUS:  Nature Yet another beautiful fall day...    

October 4, 2013

A wet autumn morning... The first snowfall of the season, blossom sized flakes falling languidly and melting on the ground, a premature snow fall delicate as lace, rapidly melting. - Joyce Carol Oates   FOCUS:  Nature This morning, snow fell soft and wet across the city.  These slushy flakes didn't last long - virtually melting... Continue Reading →

October 2, 2013

Oh how we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin.... We anxiously anticipate it every year. - Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer   FOCUS:  Still Life I just love pumpkins.  Even saying the word 'pumpkin' makes me smile.   Their cute, misshapen visages give each one... Continue Reading →

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