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By Mary E. Adair

October 2019

“In October, a maple tree before your window
lights up your room like a great lamp.
Even on cloudy days, its presence
helps to dispel the gloom.”
— John Burroughs.

The beginning of Fall, in most parts of the country, yet Texas continuew pretty much its status quo of hot and hotter. Yet it is seldom the weather which inspires or sadly despairs people. It is the incidents that occurred in such a month.

Sometimes those incidents pretty much balance or even cancel each other out. There are a lot of weddings, many births, new jobs, new locations perhaps as in going away to college. Then there are always the losses and there are many who have a multitude of October memorials.

It is desirable to celebrate and anticipate when the first page of a new month is turned. That is how the column by Marilyn Carnell (Sifoddling Along) presents, as a gift of memory as she reminds us about "Gravy." Judith Kroll (On Trek)waxes eloquent about Trees.

Thomas F. O'Neill (Introspective) lets his readers in on his upbringing and how things have changed, seemingly, in meaning. Mattie Lennon, updates us about the couple of Ironman hopefuls and throws in some Irish humour.

Melinda Cohenour (Armchair Genealogy) gets into really ancient history and ties it into family lineage. Rod Cohenour brightens our menu suggestions with his wife's Onion Kuchen.

"Birdbath," "Clouds by Moonlight,: and "Garden of Possibilites," are the poems by John I. Blair. Bud Lemire has five poems this issue: "Happy to Live Here," "The Chocolate Lady," "Remembering Mom With Love," "Coach Thibalt," and "The Blue Screen." Bruce Clifford sent "Been Fighting This" and "Crystal Lake."

Michael Craner, our co-founder and webmaster, now a year older and surely wiser as one becomes when the father of a n active brood of grown and nearly grown kiddoes, is the key to our well being, our equilibrium, our dreams. Thanks again, Mike!

See you in November!

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