1. I remember now why I love Virginia so much. I can walk on an autumn evening in shirtsleeves and feel the moment when warm day meets the cool night.
1a. Autumn doesn't rush in. Summer lingers into autumn ever so gently. The two are friends, generously sharing their most beautiful nature.
2. Where have these asters been hiding all summer? Their deep purple blooms rise above the yellowing grass along country roads.
3. Sometimes it feels like my day consists of noting but running damage control. It can be exhausting. The positive part that makes it all worthwhile is when I've managed to plug all the dams and diffuse all the drama for one more day. If I can say, "Is that a smile I see?" then we are good.