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September Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our September meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Homework Assignment: Something new that you’ve been working on, 500 words, perhaps for the Chaos.

Speaker: Elaine Davenport will report on the workshop she attended this summer.


From the Atelier of Phyllis, Our Prez:

September derives from the Latin word Septem which means seven. It was the Roman calendar’s seventh month. Summer is waving goodbye to us as days become shorter and nights longer. Autumn peeks over the horizon beckoning Trail Writers to a new beginning of meetings, writing assignments, submitting articles to the Chaos and planning spring retreat. Come to the Sept. 21 meeting if you can.

I grew up on a farm in West Virginia where The Old Farmer’s Almanac hung on a nail in the kitchen. Dog-eared old copies retired to a bookshelf in December, and a crisp new edition took up residence on the wall. Every family in the community consulted the almanac and compared notes about weather predictions, phases of the moon (must have bright moonlight for coon hunting), signs of the Zodiac, when to plant specific crops, and, for some folks, position of constellations, and which planet was the morning or evening star. My maternal grandmother, most of her children and many neighbors were avid starwatchers.

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