10 Things to Love About Fall

From hiking to the World Series to soups and stews. Autumn has it all.

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Pumpkin patch in the fall

Adapted from Edward Grinnan’s Editor’s Note for the October 2018 issue of Guideposts. If you’d like to subscribe, click here.

I’ve said it before: Fall is the best. Here are a few of my favorite things.

1)  Perfect Hiking
Gracie, my three-year-old golden, will implore me (you know that look they give you) to hike in any weather in any season. But there is nothing more exhilarating than hitting the trails in the apple-crisp autumn air, to say nothing of the brilliant turning leaves. And the company of a great dog.

2)  Sports
The World Series. The Maize and Blue. Enough said.

3)  Food
The flavors of fall—cider, ginger, pumpkin, cinnamon, squash, pears, radishes. Roasts, soups and stews. Something about the fall air charges up the appetite.

4)  October
The perfect month. Seriously.

5)  Harvest Moon
Is there a bigger, brighter full moon all year? Ask any farmer.

6)  The Dying Light
Not grim but simply the realization that we’re on the final lap of another year. A good time to take stock, to rejoice and reflect, to forgive, to love, to give thanks.

7)  Sweaters
Who doesn’t love sweaters?

8)  Music
Simon & Garfunkel’s “A Hazy Shade of Winter”; Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September”; Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon.”

9)  The Firmament
Longer nights, more stars.

10) Our Writers Workshop
Held for a week every other fall in a grand old house on Long Island Sound and sponsored by our friend Debbie Macomber. I’m excited this year for those cool days and nights as we help bring along a new crop of Guideposts writers. Ones you will soon come to know in our magazines, on our website and in Daily Guideposts. Say a prayer, please, that this year’s contest winners have an experience that will change their lives. And a few good words for the teachers too.

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