Last week brilliant fall colors. Today, as I set by my pond, the maple trees are bare, the aspens are nearly so and the oaks now show the dull brown of late fall, those that still have leaves.
The pond’s black water contrasts with the dead grasses, victims of several killing frosts the past week. A cluster of birch trees stand a few yards in front of me, their striking white bark stands out against the tans and browns of fall.
The smells of fall surround me, not at all unpleasant as I sit quietly listening to the sound of the northwest wind moving through the tops of the naked trees. We are deep into fall. Winter is many days away, but the symbols and sounds are here—preparing us, I suspect, for what is to come.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Take time to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of fall.
November 1, 9:00 to 4:00 “Writing From Your Life Workshop” The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI
November 1, 4:30 p.m., Book signing WI The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI
November 8, 9:00-11:30, Plymouth Arts Center, Plymouth, WI. Sponsored by Sheboygan County Research Center. Barns of Wisconsin.
November 12, Noon. Wisconsin Historical Society Tour, La Crosse, Weber Center for the Preforming Arts. Farm Stories.
November 14, 6:30 dinner. Port Washington Library. Meeting at First Congregational Church, 131 Webster Street, Port Washington. How I became a writer.
December 3, 7:00 p.m. Live on Milwaukee Public TV. A Farm Winter.
December 7, 1:00-2:15 and 2:30-3:15 Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells (Two sessions) Wis Farm Bureau Meeting. Writing From Your Life for Children and Grandchildren.
December 8, 8:00 p. m. Live on Twin Cities Public TV. A Farm Winter.
December 13, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Barnes and Noble, LaCrosse. Book Signing.
January 28, 7:00 p.m. Stoughton Opera House. A Farm Winter.