As the cold north winds whip little leaf-devils, sweeping dried leaves skittering into corners,they also brush aside our last vestiges of summer past, reducing it to fading memories of warm light and life. It definitely feels more and more like the Winter that was “just around the corner”. Usually, we get to work our way more gradually into the cold season, getting used to the idea of what is ahead. Imagine the disaster if there was no fall, if summer went directly to winter - what a shock that would be! Thank goodness for Fall. However, this year we had no Indian Summer, which always lengthens autumn, and have suffered through an early freeze. I think the title of this piece says it all. I

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