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Monday, September 23, 2013

One look outdoors reveals the natural changes that come with autumn. The nights become longer, skies clearer and stars brighter. Day after day the sun shines on leaves turning from green to limitless shades of red, gold and brown.

For me, autumn has always seemed like a change into a new year.

Perhaps this is because it begins with a celebration of my birth. I recall how I have grown in the past year . . . and move into a sense of wonder . . .
as I contemplate what my next year of life will hold.

And most of my autumns have meant going back to school – either as a student or a teacher. It's a season of starting again - learning new things. Come September it's all I can do to keep myself from signing up for a new class somewhere.

It's hard to think of fall without the smells of brand new crayons, school books and crisp fresh apples.

For me, autumn is a season to pause . . .
to celebrate the abundant, changing life all around me . . .
and discover new hope.

This beautiful autumn picture is by Mary Southard. Enjoy!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JILL313 9/24/2013 9:15PM

    Hi CJ, Love Your Autumn Blog. Being I live in a very warm climate most of the year Fall isn't too different than the rest of the year. Our trees don't turn beautiful Autumn colors like I wish they did. We're still in the 90s here which is usually the way it is through the end of October. I have noticed our daylight isn't as long as it was and the sun is going down by 6:30 pm. I am excited as my young GS started Pre-K as he has a January Birthday and isn't old enough to start K this year. I do remember well the mixed emotions of myself and my 3 sons when they were young and all busy gearing up for a new School year.

Are you still in SF or back at home? Just curious my friend. I hope Life is treating you well as you're a wonderful Lady and deserve all the best Life has to offer. . .

Enjoy a Happy & Healthy Week!!

Hugs & Love,

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CANDYCANE2B 9/24/2013 7:08PM

    Oh, I LOVED your blog, CJ!!! Such a different take on autumn than me, but I love it! My kids go back to school and my sister was a school teacher, also I homeschooled my kids for about 18 yrs. Yes, fall is for new changes and new smells! Thanks so much for sharing!

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GRNDMOM43 9/24/2013 11:34AM

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NELLJONES 9/24/2013 8:32AM

    My birthday is the start of summer, but my sister's is the start of fall, and she, too, is a teacher. The only season I don't like is winter.

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LADYRH 9/24/2013 5:59AM

    I love fall but not what follows

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BEFIT015 9/24/2013 4:51AM

    Fall & winter are my favorite seasons. We don't get much of either in TX, unfortunately, and I SO miss it. Especially the Fall leaves!

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RGEETING 9/24/2013 12:50AM

    I agree with you... and all the others who have already posted! :)

My birthday is at the end of Fall... November... the week of Thanksgiving, usually. I love school supplies (and office supplies!) - school bus (and pencil) yellow, the smell of sharpened pencils, post it notes, I relate more with being the teacher who gets all the supplies and curriculum ready for the "new year."

The smell of autumn leaves is as ambrosia to me, sitting surrounded in a colorful forest, shuffling through the leaves, it is the best therapy for me! :)

Enjoy! and happy birthday!

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JEANNE229 9/23/2013 11:33PM

    Fall is my very favorite season! Now I know why.

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BARBIE176 9/23/2013 11:10PM

    What a fabulous blog CJ. You have described it so very beautifully. I am just like you in feeling like I need to sign up for a new class when Fall arrives. Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures and beautiful words. Hugs

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PHOENIX1949 9/23/2013 10:56PM

    My favorite season (as much as we have seasons in Central Texas).

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LADYBUG1943 9/23/2013 10:50PM

    I remember a friend of mine sitting and talking; our boys had just started school.... we both had a tendency to sign up for EVERYTHING, then suffer burnout around Christmas time.

I liked your post.... and I love autumn weather!

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MILLYMOUSE1 9/23/2013 9:41PM

    I love Autumn and Spring the colours of the Autumn leaves the birth of blossom in Spring makes your heart sing

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IMAYARNIE 9/23/2013 9:25PM

    I agree...Autumn is a renewal, almost like Spring. The air is crisp and clear again, the leaves are painted for a whole new season, and we both have birthdays. Happy Birthday, CJ.

I only went back to school as a student, but I still love the smell of new crayons, and the feel of a brand new tablet and sharpened pencil. Just keep me out of office supply stores...please!!! emoticon

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