fall is only ‘fall’ to americans, even though the term was coined in britain.
what do you call the picking of ripe sweet potatoes, apples, squash and pumpkins?
that was the word used until the 1300s to describe the next few months of weather.
because “harvest” also meant the gathering of ripe crops, when the word “autumn” showed up in english writing, its popularity soared.
some time after, poets coined the phrase “the fall of leaves” — shortened to “fall” in the 1600s.
the word “autumn” still remained popular throughout england’s period of colonizing the world.
the lack of consistent communication between the english and the people in the american colonies led to differences in the language.
by the mid-1800s, the word “fall” had firmly rooted itself in america.
and apparently something was again lost in translation
when communicating with mother nature
as yesterday was the official first day of
and our temps in michigan were in the 90s.
(photo: fuller park, ann arbor, mi, usa)
credit: cnn news
kind of funny
that the weather channel on tv
that was supposed to warn me
about incoming dangerous storms
wasn’t working right
because of the incoming dangerous storms.
every so often
a word like ‘severe’ would pop up
and disappear back into the screen
hope it wasn’t saying,
‘turn this off and take cover immediately!’
‘if you can see this, you are in harm’s way!’
at least i lived to tell the tale
and that is still working for me.
“weather forecast for tonight: dark.”
local scarecrow goes down in the heat
and perhaps looks forward to a cooler season.
“if you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?”
cold, morning rain does little but make one anxious to reach their destination, even if that is work or school. this innovative student solved the problem of hands free walking on one such campus morning in 1969. “U-M engineering student gary keck of detroit is too unconventional to raise an umbrella. he wards off the morning rain with a stylish sombrero. ole!”
“optimists are neither in denial nor naïve about challenges and difficulties in life.
they simply attend to and acknowledge the positive.”
– eric kim
credits: oldnews.aadl.org, ann arbor townies
my loyal companion and i visiting my cottage
on day 6 without power.
“if the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”
image credit: sherman hines, newfoundland, canada
660,000+ with power out right now in michigan
i am 1.
wonder where i might be on the list?
crystal lake, northern michigan
“in skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.”
-ralph waldo emerson
image credit: university of michigan