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In the upper Midwest, the month of September marks the beginning of "meteorological fall." The diminishing daylight, cooler nights and crisp days portend the coming of the dark, cold months ahead. The animals and insects busy themselves, gathering and storing food stocks, securing shelter and, in some cases, preparing for hibernation. Nature's rhythms seem to quicken a bit, as is true with all the pivotal months when seasonal transitions are most apparent. All about us seems to say, "Changes ahead . . . be ready." This seems a wise adage for life in general.
“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple."                                                                                                    J.K. Rowling
 

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