Writer’s Workshop: Riffing on Fall

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Happy Fall, or if you prefer, Happy Autumn! Hey, the weathermen all tell us that fall starts on September 1, so who am I to argue? Fall didn’t start on Sunday in Australia: they’re welcoming spring Down Under.

Jim Gaffigan has a funny thing about the first day of Fall. He’s got a funny thing for just about everything.

Weather Underground tells me that at 3 PM on Wednesday (when I’m writing this) it’s 92° (33° C) right now and feels like 98°. Obviously the weather didn’t get the memo. In some parts of the country the cooler temperatures have set in, and in a few places they’re battening down the hatches and preparing for the possibility of Hurricane Dorian hitting them. (Keep them in your thoughts and prayers, please.)

I hear Dorian, I don’t think about the hurricane; I think about Dorian mode. I promise I won’t get into it other than to say you can read about it here, or watch a few YouTube videos. It’s a mode that gets used in jazz improvisation a lot.

As I’m writing this, I’m listening to Lisa Stansfield “Never Gonna Fall” on Spotify. Amazing coincidence.

Mary, who’s been in hibernation all summer, is starting to get her energy back. She doesn’t deal with the heat that well, but when the cooler temperatures arrive (which they did last week, just to tease us), she starts to feel better and more like doing things. I’m kind of the same way.

Enjoy your fall!

20 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Riffing on Fall

  1. It’s unseasonably cool here, already. Early fall isn’t bad, but it’s all downhill after that. Since summer is my favourite time of year, that’s a little sad. Jim Gaffigan is funny! ๐Ÿ˜€ “Dorian” conjures up the mental image of an ageing portrait in the attic. That would be more benign than the havoc this Dorian wreaked on the Bahamas. Here’s hoping the storm has become less vicious, in the meantime.


    1. I do, too. I hear it’s headed up toward North Carolina and southern Virginia, but oddly hasn’t come ashore anywhere yet. It’s gone from a category 5 to a category 2, which is still bad, but nowhere near as destructive as when it hit the Bahamas. I hope that it’ll cause little or no damage. Of course, the next one’s busy building in the south Atlantic…

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  2. Whenever I hear Dorian, I always think of The Picture of Dorian Gray. This hurricane isn’t close to me, but I was hoping it would be close enough that we got some rain from it in my area. Fall doesn’t start here till Halloween, temps-wise. We’ll cool down, but we’ll have highs in the 80s till probably November. I love autumn, but I don’t mind the warm days.


    1. We didn’t get any backlash from Dorian here. I don’t think it came that close to us (of course we’re 200 miles from the ocean here).

      We’ll probably have a noticeable cooldown in a couple of weeks. Usually by the time of the baseball postseason it’s starting to get chilly here, and it can get pretty cold some nights. Indian summer (I know, not exactly PC) is in mid- to late-October, and is usually quite welcome by then.


  3. Each year, I either grit my teeth or just laugh, laugh, laugh at the same comments from people as the seasons change. At least here in the Northeast.

    “I can’t wait for Winter to be over, so tired of being cold and cooped up in the house!”
    Exit Winter, Enter Spring.
    “I don’t have time to deal with all the weeds and those nasty Mayflies. And, my allergies are acting up, hate going outside!”
    Exit Spring, Enter Summer.
    “This heat is just awful! I can’t breathe with the humidity. Much prefer to say inside with the air conditioning!”

    Need I expand further, now that Autumn is here, that these same people are already dreading the cold and the first snowfall?


  4. It is gray and cloudy here right now and it was misty this morning when I walked Benny so I’m thinking fall passed us and it is winter already! We actually should be getting our Indian Summer shortly so I’m confused.


  5. Well, I am under the impression the autumnal equinox starts on Sept. 23rd in the Northern Hemisphere. However, according to the meteorological definition of seasons, which is based on temperature cycles and the Gregorian calendar, the first day of fall is September 1. – Farmer’s Almanac

    Whenever it starts, bring it on! ๐Ÿ‚ ๐Ÿ


  6. I was taught that one must say Autumn lest one be thought of as uncouth. I have no idea why our teachers were so on about that, but to this day when I say Fall I feel like a rebel. Without a cause, clearly.


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