George Winston Autumn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKmqyQUDehs
November is a month of late spring in the Southern Hemisphere and late autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar. November retained its name (from the Latin “novem” meaning “nine”)
I confess I have been enjoying the awesome fall weather in October here in Northern Arizona so much I have been putting off till tomorrow many things I could have done today. The weather has been so pleasant it has removed all urgency in life. That is all to change the first of November when our temperatures take the first real plunge of the season and winter coming on.
I have enjoyed many awesome autumns over the course of my life, in Horicon, WI the fall of 1978 viewing the millions of Canada Geese that settle there on their way down the Canada Geese pipeline from Canada to America’s deep South. Enjoyed the best-roasted goose dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoyed many an awesome fall up in Breckenridge, CO. Fall 2001, was an interesting remembrance. The entire county a ghost-town after 911. But the weather was so awesome I couldn;t help but kick back, put my feet up on the split-rail fence, pop open a cold one, pull the cowboy hat down over my eyes and enjoy.
Here at age 61, battling a bad hip which has put an end to my backpacking days, there aren’t that many autumn’s left and you can scratch the years the weather is lousy. I figure, on the whole, figuring in weather, there may be but a dozen more awesome weather years like this for me. If I wax nostalgic entering the autumn of my life, here in autumn, you will forgive me.
Dear youth, do you ever think of getting old? If you did, then you might value your time even more. Dear oldster, do you ever think of your past? Of course, you do. You wonder if you did the right things.
How ironic this life is!
What a tremendous bind we are born into!
When young, we do not understand the dreariness of old age. When we are old, we are not permitted to go back in time. When vitality flows freely, we haven’t enough wisdom. When we have gained wisdom, fate has made us too weak to take action. As young people, we take most of life for granted so focused and consumed with our college education, our careers, beginning a family that life flies by like the view from a car on the interstate at 65 mph. It is only when we come down to the home stretch, that we look back at the starting line and the whole journey comes into focus.
For me, November is all about National Writing Month in which Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. Well-known authors write “pep-talks” to keep them motivated throughout the process
And I always look forward to Thanksgiving, which gives us the busiest travel day of the year when many Americans travel home to be with family and Black Friday, the kick off for Xmas.
This year our president, (like Trump or not), promises American businesses will say. “Merry Christmas” again. We’ll see.
I look forward to the Macy’s Day parade, a tradition that goes back to when I was a kid growing up on Chicago’s Northside. Chicago, of course, used to have its own Thanksgiving Day parade but it could never compare with the Macy’s Day parade in Manhattan. See the 1934 movie, A Miracle on 34th Street with Edmund Gwen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iXYvfRrmq8
Every year, heading into the home-stretch where we realize we have still sooo much to do and sooo little time left, causes a lot of stress and anxiety for people. I have come to realize this is a great source of stress for me and I try to do what I can do but I have made it a rule the last many years that come December 20th, I drop everything and ease myself on into the week of Christmas and New Years. For most compnaies, with the exception of retailers, no real work gets done between Dec 20 and Jan 1.
So why stress myself out?
Come Jan 2, I take personal inventory, take stock and where I am at with my many projects, where I need to go, what I need to do and pick it up again. A formula for surviving the stress-filled holidays. Here’s one other little secret I’ll let you in on folks for surviving the holiday madness, I refuse to watch all 33 of the Hallmark Christmas movies.
Here’s a posting for when all 33 movies will be on so you can avoid them. Out of touch, clueless, racist Hallmark has but one perspective, that all Americans are from wealthy or well-to-do Middle-Class families that can celebrate the mythological American Xmas tree with all the trimmings, family, friends. Why is it that a bakery or Starbucks like coffee shop is used in every movie for the main meeting up place?
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