In just a little less than a week from now, fall will be here. The Autumnal Equinox happens on Sept. 22 at around 3:02 p.m. give or take an hour or two for time zones.

Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year. I have probably already said that a time or two in this space, but I don’t think I can be emphatic enough about it. I love the colors, the sights and the aromas of the season best of all of the seasons we experience.

I love it all so much so that I literally pine for it in the hottest days of summer and miss it terribly in the coldest days of winter. Taking my cue from the folks over at, I was recently thinking of all of the things I could do now that fall is on its way.

First of all, I have to give a shout out to Halloween. I start planning Halloween right after the Fourth of July. However, I have not exactly picked a costume, which means I am way behind. I know some people get all hung up in the darker side of Halloween, but I think you get out of the celebration what you put into it. If you keep it light and fun spirited then that is the kind of holiday you will have at your house.

That means you won’t find any coffins on my lawn or half buried baby dolls dripping with red paint. You will find brightly colored pumpkins (real or otherwise) and leaves draped on anything that will stand still. You will also hear funny Halloween tunes playing and the Halloween movies at our house are more about mystery and laughter than blood and gore.

In a time when so many in our country are trying to put their lives back together, I think it is appropriate to take notice of and celebrate the changing of the seasons. It reminds us all that when dark times come, we must remember that those seasons also change.

Happy birthday Saturday to Randall Chaney and Darlene Wooster, both of Sherman; Dorothy Stroud of Bells; Tad Ferguson of Whitesboro; James Blakey of Whitewright; Kaylee Trader of Wylie; Anita Ferman of Luella; Erika Walters Curry of Allen; and Brenley Sadler of Leonard.