That autumn comes once more is written in the stars, a matter of cosmic routine, and we, every one, aware or not, actively or passively become part of that ancient orchestrated cosmic choreography. The first tendrils of wood smoke from the chimney on a September morning and the green and red and gold Mason jars of summer’s produce in the cellar are signs that those within this household have believed the signals that have told us since early August: it is time to make …

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…Water in living tissue freezes, and juices don’t flow from root to shoot. Freezing kills exposed cells, water expanding as it cools below 39 degrees. Metabolism slows to a halt when the mercury falls since enzymes and other catalysts refuse to work fast enough below a certain fixed temperature. The whole living world might die of exposure. Autumn forebodes a serious change of plans. Leave town, the birds say: go to the beach! And they gather early and debate loudly their intentions, starting in …

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Here’s a snippet from an except from a portion of the slowly-growing Floyd County Almanac–the part that follows the month of September, this from the latter portion of the month, and the first of three consecutive bits of that passage, to be added to this week. It deals with the real challenge to the non-human part of the living world when the thermostat falls. For humans, meh. Not so big a deal, and maybe that’s modern humanity’s loss. Though a few poetic souls and …

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