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10/4/2012 1:45:00 PM
View from the Valley

I have to tell you I am in love with this cooler weather. Just the smell of fall in the air gives me more energy. The orange color of the pumpkins and the array of colored gourds makes for a brilliant still life. The Farmer's Market has been a great source for my photography studies with all the colors and textures. Everyday objects make for the most interesting compositions.

We always make our own apple cider every year, but this year the orchards are posting no or low supplies of apples. They are like hens teeth to find. However, our son came through with a big box obtained from a friend. They are like gold to us. All of this effort is due to our granddaughter's visit. We are trying to design the making of apple cider into a badge for Brownies. The weather just has not been conducive to good apple growing. There is always next year.

Only a couple of weeks and all the mean-spirited political ads will be history. What does anyone gain with all the name calling and finger pointing? Are we grown ups? Do we have a somewhat elevated intelligence to make our own choices without all of the above? I find myself using the remote way too much these days, but thank goodness it provides the means to wipe out the ads. All the debates in the world are not going to change my mind.

The book "The Lacuna" has provided me with hours of quality reading these past weeks. It was written by Barbara Kingsolver. Some say it is her most accomplished novel. Kingsolver takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico City of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR and J. Edgar Hoover. "The Lacuna" is a poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities. I enjoyed it, perhaps you will too.

I will end with sharing the latest skill I have perfected. Our granddaughter Beatrice has taught me to pick up four marbles with my four toes. My right foot is more talented than my left. I am right handed and so that could be the reason. Who knows. When you have nothing else to do, try this activity! SHALOM

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