September 18, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 381

Fall Is (And Was) In The Air

The air the past few mornings has had a crispness to it. A sure sign that summer is ending and fall is just around the corner.

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Other signs of fall have appeared. Football games, homecoming parades, leaves on the trees beginning to change from green to yellow or red or brown. In some gardens bright orange pumpkins will soon be ready to harvest.

When I was a child, this was the time of the year our family took to the woods to gather black walnuts and hickory nuts. I remember shucking the black, soft husk off the walnuts and my fingers having a brown stain from the husks for several weeks.

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