Fabulous Fall

Jake’s Japanese Maple Tree

Dear Reader:

All the grandchildren’s Japanese Maples are turning beautifully this year-Jake’s is just a little farther along.

In the Fall edition of Azalea Magazine, Summerville’s wonderful read … thanks to Will Rizzo-Editor-in-Chief, he included a field guide with interesting tidbits on this popular season! Some included:

Americans typically refer to this time of year as ” Fall,” while our British ” Brethren” use the word ” Autumn.”

Fall is caused by the Earth’s tilt, not our distance from the sun. Fall colors are caused by the amount of sugar in the leaves.

Arctic Tern

Birds spend most of the fall migrating. The Arctic Tern travels 44,000 miles, from the North Pole to the South Pole! Wow! Unbelievable! They must have to check their wings a lot during this amazing journey!

Fall … Pumpkin spice, colorful leaves, cooler weather, and college 🏈 football!

Interesting study-According to the University of Chicago, children born in the fall are statistically better students and live longer. ( I will take the ” live longer” stat and run with it. )

Historically, fall was called “harvest” because of the ” harvest moon” that occurs close to the autumn equinox. It is also called the ” hunters'” moon because it coincides with the start of hunting season.

Full moon seen over South Carolina-October 20, 2021

Jake, the fisherman hunter fished for over an hour Wednesday after school -waiting patiently and it paid off! He caught both a big and small mouth bass! It must have been the magical pull of the Hunter moon -but Jake was deliriously happy! ( excuse the pun-but he was over the moon!!!)

Small mouth bass
Big mouth bass!

So until tomorrow… Even though we are told to give thanks in all circumstances-being grateful for fall comes quite easily-a perfect season!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Fresh garden flowers and silver pumpkins-Life is good!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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1 Response to Fabulous Fall

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Thanks for the info on fall and autumn…and kudos to Jake for his catch…

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