October 21, 2003
We are now deep into a hard-won autumn: crisp clean air and bright blue skies; smoking chimneys; trees that still bear foliage ablaze; leaves o' plenty on the ground; rushing headlong at breakneck speed towards winter. Although winter's official start date is December 21, we experience the symptoms long before then. Talk is we might see our first bit of snow on Thursday. Oddly enough, our first snowfall last year also occurred on October 23rd – I know, having documented the event in my 100Words for October 2002. And I repeat my sentiment: "Autumn in New England, thy name is ‘short.'"