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Senior Spotlight: Autumn approaches

Mary Jo Brown/For the Craig Daily Press

Mary Jo Brown

The signs of autumn become more apparent every day. There are more rainy days and cooler evenings, and children are starting school. Soon, there will be a community coat drive, and hunting seasons are about to begin. The colors of fall will appear soon, vacations are about past and not much of the summer scene is left. School supplies are in abundance, and the raking of leaves will start shortly in some places.

When I was young, I liked to jump into the middle of a pile of leaves whenever I saw one, which usually ended up with me having to rake them up again. Sometimes, I would collect the leaves and use them to make pictures on construction paper, and the greens, yellows, oranges and reds, along with the variety of shapes, made beautiful pictures. Gathering pinecones and doing various craft projects were also great ideas for letting children use their imaginations.

One of the things I especially enjoy doing this time of year is going to different places and seeing the seasonal changing of the colors make a wonderland of bushes, trees and flowers that explode into a beautiful landscape carpet of nature's new painting as it gets ready for autumn. The journey doesn't have to be a long one; a person just has to be aware of what is around them.

My daughter once took me for a ride over the Grand Mesa near Grand Junction. It was one of the prettiest fall scenes you could imagine, truly a trip I won't forget and yet so close to home, but a day trip to Black Mountain or Dumont Lake on Rabbit Ears Pass is just as delightful. The evidence of God's love for things pure, colorful and simple are shown in many ways all over the world. He has created so many beautiful wonders for us to see and enjoy, not all of them grand like the Teton Range but instead as simple as a fall sunset over a lake or an unexpected group of wildflowers

We show how we feel about the world by how well we take care of it. The national parks, lakes and areas of recreation we use for pleasure and entertainment once were unexplored and litter free, and we need to make sure we keep them clean. The best way to do that is to leave those areas the way we found them and take whatever trash we have out with us or place it in the proper cans provided, that way it will make returning to that area a pleasure. It doesn't matter if it's yours, mine or ours — we need to respect our environment and the gifts we were given in the beauty that surrounds us.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Rose Gomez, Glen Terry and Frances Wright.

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The Active Moffat County Seniors will have a Brown Bag lunch at noon Monday at Loudy-Simpson Park. Call 970-640-5194 to RSVP, and call Bev Chapman at 970-824-5123.