Friday, October 1, 2010

October 2010

Volume 6 Issue 10

*** Random Thoughts

I like to rake leaves. It’s one of the hallmarks of fall that I find myself thinking about during the hottest days of July.

After hibernating indoors to escape the heat, being outside again and moving around under a blue sky seems like a rebirth of sorts. The repetitive movements free my mind to wander while I do something productive. WIN-WIN

I love the way the leaves smell. Fall leaves smell the same, just as they did when I was a kid, jumping into a pile or diving to the ground while playing a game of touch football in the backyard.

Kind of like the sound of acorns plunking onto the rooftop at night, the way leaves smell doesn’t change yet takes me by surprise each year.


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*** Great Quotes

"Autumn begins with a subtle change in the light, with skies a deeper blue, and nights that become suddenly clear and chilled. The season comes full with the first frost, the disappearance of migrant birds, and the harvesting of the season's last crops." - Glenn Wolff and Jerry Dennis

*** Fun Food Idea

Halloween Cupcakes! Click here for instructions.

Black & Orange Cookies - click here for instructions.

Easy idea for a fall “happy”:

*** Hit the Highlights - a few choice blog posts from last month:

My great-grandmothers probably thought they had it easy in comparison to their mothers.

Any reason to celebrate this time of year.

A big part of the movie version of “The Help” was filmed in Greenwood, Miss.

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*** Recommended Reading

I finished Georgia's Kitchen by Jenny Nelson last week - what a delight! The book is a valentine to cooking, to life in New York City, and the joys of Italy.

Since it’s near Halloween, this may be appropriate: If you’re in the mood for grisly and disturbing, try “The Girl With the Dragoon Tattoo.” Have you read it? Had anyone warned you ahead of time how terrifically violent it was?

Books I read last month.

*** Adorable Thing My Child Said

He won two goldfish at the Tupelo Fair and was trying to decide on names for them.

Me: How about Elvis and Priscilla?

Him: Mom. I was thinking something more, you know, this century, not like the nineteen-hundred-whatevers.

Me: Thought but did not say out loud: “Fine. Come up with your own names. Justin and Britney. WHATEVER.”

*** Mississippi Writers Guild

The Mississippi Writers Guild sponsors writer workshops, conferences, writer retreats and reputable writing contests. Membership dues are only $40.00 per year.

The Mississippi Writers Guild is a non-profit association of writers from all over the state and is a growing part of Mississippi’s literary art landscape.

*** Calendar

Saturday, October 16 – National Book Day

Saturday, October 23 – Mississippi State’s Homecoming game against University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sunday, October 31 – Halloween

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