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Fall is Almost Here!

I live my life around the changing of the seasons.  At the end of every Winter, I think Spring is my favorite season.  At the end of every Summer, I think Fall is.  Because I live for the middle-ground.  Not too hot, not too cold.  That’s my motto.  This past Winter, after weeks of half-cold and little snow, I was desperate for Spring.  Of course it was barely a few weeks before the stifling heat of Summer rolled around again — and this Fall, as with every Fall, I’m So. Very. Ready. for the weather to change again (and boy, has it.  I had slippers and a hoodie on this morning!)

I love Fall because of the flavors; the scents.  Spring has flowers, sure, and iced tea maybe, and warm breezes.  But Fall has pumpkin and cinnamon, nutmeg and leaves.  Hot cider, roasted nuts, apple pie, hay bales, mums, the sharp cold tang of the air changing.  It’s the season where soup becomes an acceptable meal again.  Where we pull scarves and jackets out of storage and snuggle under down comforters at night.  The nights get longer and the days get shorter.  Breezes turn to chilly gusts.  It’s the King of the seasons.

It’s the easiest season to own a bookstore in, I think, because there’s something so naturally simpatico about books and Autumn.  Maybe it’s the desire to “curl up and read” with big thick socks on and an afghan over your legs, with a big steaming mug of tea by your elbow.  Maybe it’s the smell of books, so compatible with the smell of leaves and the natural decaying of things that happens every year.  Maybe it’s all in my head.  Whatever it is, I’ll stick by it.  Books and Fall are a lovely team, and I look forward to the Fall-themed events we’ll be hosting at The Wise Owl this year.

I encourage you to check out www.wiseowlbookstore.com for more information about our Contemporary Book Club discussion of Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline” on October 9th, or our 2nd Annual Dark and Stormy Night here at the store, at the end of October, where local actors will read chilling ghost tales from centuries past!

Bring it on, Fall!

Summer’s End

As the summer winds to a close once more (the school-centered summer, not the calendar one) it’s funny to think about how the year is such a state-of-mind, depending on your career and your leisure activities.  For instance, I won’t be taking my vacation for another month yet, heading into October, because that was the cheapest time to fly and also because it’s difficult to close the store at ANY time of year, so I just bit the bullet and picked one.

I had a one-day vacay a week back, a full day in Beach Haven at the Jersey shore.  Lovely, slightly overcast, and with plenty of breeze.  I even did something I haven’t done since I was a kid and wave-jumped!  Usually I just bundle myself up in a chair and read for hours —  but actually taking advantage of the ocean was just as much fun as I remember from childhood.  And I’ve got the sunburn to show for it.

There are fewer faces at the store these days, what with folks heading back to jobs and kids heading back to school.  It’s just been me and the Shop Cat, He-Who-Is-Not-Yet-Named (although he will be Sept. 4th!), holding down the fort and dusting off the books (me with a duster, he with his tail).  We’ve got some really great events coming up in September here on the Avenue, though, so that should bring the crowds back:

  • September 8th: Penn Avenue Sidewalk Sale, 11am-5pm
  • September 15th: West Reading’s 6th Annual Fall Festival on the Avenue, 12pm-9pm
  • Wise Owl Local Author Open Mic Night, with special guest author James Rahn, 6pm-8pm (with live celtic harp music from 5pm-6pm!)

So it’s a great start off to a new season as I say goodbye to the unbearable heat and sunny days of summer.