Sunday Inspiration: Autumn


“It’s the first day of autumn!

A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings,

and, best of all, leaping into leaves!”

-Winnie the Pooh

As the leaves begin to burst into color here at Chautauqua, I feel like following Pooh’s suggestion to leap into the leaves — or perhaps better yet to treat myself to hot chocolate and toasty marshmallows.

Best of all though is simply to watch the beautiful display of colors while whispering “Thank you.”

Are you savoring your own autumn foliage, be it palm trees swaying in the breeze or hardwoods turning gold and red?



  1. Laurie Iglesias on October 13, 2019 at 11:10 am

    I’m still waiting for Fall weather here in NC. It was in the mid 80’s yesterday, and the 90’s last week. 🤦🏽‍♀️ I’m longing for cooler days.

  2. Nancy Lepri on October 13, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Emilie, your article brings back fond memories of growing up in New England. However, here in coastal North Carolina, we don’t expect to see colorful leaves until Thanksgiving, if at all, due to the recent hurricane. But thanks for helping me remember childhood times in crisp autumn weather, not that I really miss it now!

  3. Thea McCurry on October 13, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I have a fond childhood memory of stomping through golden leaves on my walk to the Library.
    I drove along that street recently to discover that all of those trees had been removed. The sixty year old memory is all that’s left of them. I feel like one of the “Sisters” on Walden’s Mountain.

    • Emilie Richards on October 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      I always hate to see trees removed. I’m glad the memories are still there.

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