The air is like wine, squirrels gather hickory nuts, and the chipmunks we haven't seen for weeks are busy about something in and out of the weathered gray rocks on the wall where they live. Nature first hints delicately of winter ahead with a day that is chilly around the edges. Then we have Indian Summer weather. Next comes a cold night and morning with white frost scalloping the green strawberry leaves.
Something in us responds to the flaming foliage and falling leaves. We feel a surge of fresh energy as this new season is born. We too are ready for changes, and to move forward into new and untried areas of thought and action. A kind of preparation fills our days as we gather together our households and ourselves for new activities, new friends, new horizons.