Fall is Coming!
By Edith Morgan
September has crept up on us – days are shortening and the autumnal equinox looms ahead. Mother nature moves ahead inexorably, …
… regardless of us. We can choose to go along and cooperate with nature or try to overcome and overpower her, as we so often have done, to our chagrin.
Our gardens have slowed down, the grass is growing more slowly, even the weeds have not come back as plentifully as earlier. And things are ripening.
Apple picking time is near, and with it the wonderful treats that apples make possible: apple pie has made it as a symbol of America (“As American as apple pie!!”) and every year we learn about more great uses for the many kinds that are on our grocery shelves. I love Macs, Galas and all the varieties in their many colors and flavors. I eat at least one fresh apple daily. Did you too grow up believing that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”?
And did you begin your eating of solids with apple sauce? And did you wrap cored apples in pie crust, add cinnamon and honey and bake them? I could go on forever with the many uses of apples and their health benefits. So, get out and pick apples – and enjoy!
vegan apple pie!
Apples keep a long time and are very ”portable”! I often carry one along for a quick snack …
September also brought us VOTING – the primary. Now the final slog to November 3 and the presidential election. At last an end to the incessant campaign ads and mud-slinging – when I hope we will get down to work and pick up the pieces and rebuild our nation.
September also brings us the beginning of flu season – this year on top of the CORONAVIRUS! So there is no respite from the hand-washing, mask-wearing and social distancing that we are practicing. The ordinary rituals of school opening are now “virtual“ to a large extent … technology is more and more invading the education process, and new methods for imparting knowledge and information and skills are being tried – with mixed success.
And despite all the turmoil, I still look forward to the yearly beauties of fall in New England: the great final blush of autumn leaf and flower everywhere, before the winter …
The country as a whole seems to be veering off the cliff of extremism and seeking a middle course away from the cliff to greater cooperation and understanding and less labeling, lying, violence and name calling.
I will be celebrating the New Year in the Jewish calendar, which this year comes close to the beginning fall here. And I am hopeful for a healthy, sane, safe, year, trying to remember the path prescribed by the prophet Micah (and I paraphrase freely!!): “What does the Lord require of thee but to practice justice, love mercy, and walk HUMBLY with your God”