From your editor, Bonnie Sloat…

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

At Women’s Coffee Mingle this week we rehearsed the collapse of summer into fall and the changes taking place. All across the Friendsview campus we hear residents proclaim—“Autumn is my favorite season!”

What’s not to like?

  • Gold, amber, and vibrant changing foliage
  • Leaf-strewn sidewalks that crunch under your feet
  • Light breezes
  • Blue skies
  • Clear nights
  • Pumpkin patches and pies
    The pungent smell of burning leaves permeating our senses

George Eliot wrote:

Delicious autumn!
My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird
I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns.

Maybe you agree with George Eliot, or maybe not. I’ve always loved summer most of all, but I must admit that as I walk through our Friendsview Canyon in Newberg, OR, listen to Fox students on the football field, drink coffee on my deck under the canopy of changing leaves — I’m a grateful believer in autumn.

Autumn speaks the same language as those in our season of life. We’ve navigated those early tentative years of spring, the glorious and intense days of midlife summer, and now … autumn! This writing by Valentin helps us understand autumn and our season of life.

“Autumn is mature,
reasonable and serious,
it glows moderately and not frivolously…
it cools down, clears up,
makes you reasonable.”

I want to live each day of the “autumn of my life” with no regrets. That is the best preparation for the next season — winter.