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Editor's Letter

Do you have a favorite month?

Mine’s October. I can find something good to say about almost every month. Sometimes the only good thing I can find to say about February is that it’s at least the shortest month, but that counts for something. But I love, love, love October.

October in East Tennessee is a month full of all kinds of changes. The crisp mornings and evenings play against the warmth of most days. A friend who recently moved here from Ohio said she’s getting accustomed to dressing in layers. What she and I wore to the farmers market one recent Saturday morning wasn’t all that comfortable on the walk home. Time to remove a layer!

One day you’re opening all the windows; the next day you’re turning on the air conditioning again. For a few days, we opened windows and propped open our balcony doors, enjoying the delightful breeze from one end of our place to the other. Today the AC is on, the windows and doors are closed, and the air feels weirdly still.

If I look up from my computer screen, the view through the wall of glass doors shows green hills rising above the Tennessee River. It’s the same view I’ve seen since spring, and it’s not a bad one, but gradually those hills are going to turn into a colorful composition of red and orange with a vibrancy that screams, “It’s fall!”

October makes me feel alive, makes me want to go outdoors, makes me want to dance with joy.

September is kin to summer, and November feels like December, but for one glorious month, it’s autumn. 


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