Autumn,  Change


“There is nothing permanent except change.” ~Heraclitus, Greek philosopher

As much as I love Michigan’s dynamic four seasons, I’m not quite ready for autumn — which officially started yesterday. A neighbor’s maple tree is already starting to turn red, and the temperature suddenly dipped low enough to call for sweaters and boots. But I’m still running around in sandals and summer cotton tops.

I don’t avoid change, but tend to follow rituals and routines. I patronize the same favorite restaurants, favor the same pair of jeans (though I have a drawerful of others), and brew a pot of coffee at the same time every morning. You too?

Last week I read an article about the benefits of embracing seasonal change and “adapting” when the situation calls for it. Change wakes us up, pushes us out of our comfort zone, and reroutes us when we’re stuck in a repetitive rut. So, bring it on, I say. But wait until I unpack my sweaters and boots. ~CL

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Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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