Fall, Change, and Other Fireside Thoughts

Here where I am, we have had the first few days of True Fall. The first snow of the season, so early and such a delightful morning surprise. The first long day of foggy sweater weather. The first day for gloves and the scent of a fire waiting at home. If you have read any of my posts here, it’s probably redundant to say fall is my favorite season. The changing leaves and brisk breezes bring out excitement and maybe even ambition in me, as if I, too, need to squirrel away projects instead of acorns.

I know fall isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s easy to think of autumn as an ending, a closing, the last bar of a song. One of the reasons for this is that it’s one of the times in the year when we really notice change. Continue reading

Autumn Falls

Today feels like the first true day of autumn. Outside, the air is brisk and crisp leaves are piling up by the shed, blanketing the garden, and skittering across the driveway. Last night, a round moon lit up a violet night, and at the hearth, we kindled the first fire of the season.

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Two days from now is Halloween, and you’ll have the perfect opportunity to ask yourself a very important question: who am I going to be?

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3 Reasons Lists Have Changed the Way We Read

Today, there are probably at least a hundred new articles with headlines designed to invite a curious click, anything from 5 Reasons to Go to College, 10 Backyard Plants You Didn’t Know Were Edible, 15 Beautiful Locations Every Cool Person Should Visit, 20 Things You Learn in Your 20’s, and so on. Several of these are interesting, containing information that a casual surfer of the web might not encounter otherwise, and many others are, at the very least, good for a chuckle or two.

However, all of these articles are built on three components that have changed how we read. Continue reading