I know for some people when the cast of the light begins to alter its angle in the fall, it signals the end of something wonderful - summer. For me, when the light and leaves begin to change, when it cools down and the sun starts setting a bit earlier, it means the beginning of my favorite, yet short-lived, season - fall.

It means showers and whirlwinds of red, orange and yellow leaves, that fill me with wonder, warmth, and an almost beautiful melancholy, that I've never been able to explain.

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The intense colors of fall are breathtaking, and at times astounding in their ability to still elicit childlike awe in me. Yes, even long after I discovered the reason for the brilliant colors was biology and not "Mother Nature's paintbrush" as my mom described it once.

In a world that seems increasingly complicated, polarized, and at times downright frightening, I take comfort from simple things which still comfort and calm me. I believe it can do the same for others if you just look around; your home, your backyard, your neighborhood, and drink in some of what autumn is sharing.


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