September 21, 2010
The crisp mornings and evenings of late summer signal the transition to autumn. This year's autumnal equinox, according to USA.gov, officially arrives at 11:09 p.m. ET, September 22. Ahhh, Autumn ~ its my favorite time of the year for several reasons. First on the list is the return of football. Soccer just doesn't cut it for me. That's probably politically incorrect of me given the excitement the World Cup generated this year. I've tried to become a soccer fan, but it's just not happening. Besides, the red and gold at Arrowhead and the black and gold at Faurot Field mix perfectly with the glorious colors of fall.
Secondly, enough of the salads, already! However, I will miss the Bing cherries, which have been fantastic this summer. The down shift to cooler temps makes me crave a heartier menu, and a 350 degree oven helps take the chill off too. Bring on the bbq, chili, beef stew, mac & cheese, baked casseroles, pumpkin pie, and apple cider. Then, there are the brats, roasted nuts, and caramel apples I'll seek out at the Lee's Summit Oktoberfest this weekend. Aside from the food, fall festivals give us a chance to get out and reconnect with community.
Sweatshirts, jeans, marching band competitions, quilt shows, parades - I can't name all the reasons fall stirs my soul. But, here is one final favorite. Traditionally, the book publishing industry floods the market with new hot reads for the cool nights of fall. So, it's time to browse through MCPL's Forthcoming Titles online or refer to my personal list of "must reads" and pick out one to cozy up with. Ahhh...Autumn!
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