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10/4/2013 9:07:00 AM
View from the Valley

You can tell that Sunday ushered in Fall. It is downright cold today and I love it. The town is alive with die-hard garage sale enthusiasts. Traffic jams were a bother. There was also a big auction at the rental equipment building. One said there were over 500 people in attendance and the bidding quotes were high. For do-it-your-selfers it was a paradise. On my way into town I encountered no less than 12 deer in Skunk Hollow, a beautiful eagle on #25 eating carrion and a bunch of wild turkeys closer into town. Driving these country roads is not for the feeble minded.

I am appalled at the huge amount of road rage I encounter everyday. People will not drive the posted speed. It seems that they must go faster no matter,  and those of us who want to conserve gas and obey the law are left in the dust. The insane amount of road repair I think adds to the frenzy to get from point A to B. Just driving to Northfield took me 20 minutes more than usual. Navigating the back roads is great if you are familiar with them. Thank God I have lived here long enough to know them. My car has been covered with black goop and has driven on enough tar covered roads to last a life time. Highway19 is great, and I thank all the workers who put up with angry looks and finger signs. We are all too much in a hurry to get somewhere - anywhere. I have decided to make my road trips a time of quiet reflection. Any takers?

I would like to see the community Scarecrow contest start again. The businesses in town all made a Scarecrow using their talents. They stood in front of the store and were very clever. It made the town look more fall festive and  prizes were given for the most creative and so on. I would like to see them auctioned off when the contest  ends.This is just a rambling from a local who enjoys fall.

I just completed a book titled "The Forgetting Tree" by Tatjana Soul, author of "The Lotus Eaters."  I found it hard to get into the plot, but when I did it was very captivating. Haunting, tough, triumphant and profound, "The Forgetting Tree" explores the intimate ties we have to one another, the deepest fears we keep to ourselves, and the calling of the land that ties every one of us together. It is a novel about a California ranching family, its complicated matriarch, and the enigmatic caretaker who may destroy them.

We are preparing for our annual cider making now that the apples are appearing on the market..Stay warm and I bid you all SHALOM.

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