Welcome to the first Sunday of autumn.
I’m a summer guy that loves the heat and humidity, but I admit, there’s something about fall that I find inviting.
To start off, I’m a September baby so I have that to look forward to each year. Believe me, I relish every one that comes my way.
The next thing I enjoy is the fall foliage. It’s a time of year where God takes his mighty brush and paints the trees golden yellow and red. Each year, I’ve been taking long drives on a day when the sun is out and the colored mountains rest against and deep blue sky – there’s nothing like it.
There’s something about the smell of decaying leaves. Growing up in West Pittston, also known as the Garden Village, there where plenty of leaves to rake. Back in the day, you were allowed to burn the leaves and, if I close my eyes, I can still see the smoldering leaf piles along the curbs with a smoke trail leading up to the sky. It’s a smell of those leaves I will never forget.
I loved walking through the borough after dark when leaves would be all over lawns and sidewalks. The swooshing noise that my shoes would make as I kicked my way threw piles of leafs on the sidewalk was something I loved to hear.
In elementary school, teachers would ask us to collect colored leaves for school and we would talk about the different trees and often times create an art project from what we collected.
I so appreciate those few weeks in late September into mid-October when God’s palette is at its peak. It’s just simply fantastic and it’s free to view by all. Do you have time to enjoy it? If not, make an effort this year to take a moment of your time and appreciate what we have here in northeastern PA.
I’ve been writing a column since 1999 and I’ve always made it my policy to not discuss politics or religion. With the pope in the United States, it’s hard not to get caught up in the fervor.
I haven’t seen such enthusiasm for a pontiff since John Paul II. Pope Francis has captured the hearts and minds of Catholics all over the world. He has reignited interest in the church and judging by the crowds that have gathered along parade routes and appearances, the papacy is back in the game.
Francis is a humble servant that refuses the luxuries afforded to him like limousines. I thought it was pretty cool to see him being transported by a Fiat 500, which is not a large vehicle.
He is technologically savvy and has his own Twitter account and I’ve seen him stop to take selfies with people. He is in tune with many social issues such as civil and human rights.
You don’t have to be Catholic to heed the pope’s request for true brotherhood. Pope Frances is a champion of the poor and believes we all should reach out to help.
Paint Pittston Pink
Let the weeklong festivities begin. I ran into Barbara Sciandra, creator and force behind Paint Pittston Pink, and I asked her if she was ready. Her answer? She’s ready to go!
Starting today, you head to Sky Zone in Pittston from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to contribute. Monday is painting at Paint ‘N Pinot at Cooper’s Cabana; Wednesday is a spin and zumba class at the YMCA; Thursday is yoga at Sapphire Salon; Friday is celebrity bartending night at the Red Mill.
Next Saturday is a Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, the 5K race, and don’t forget to catch our own Nick Wagner running in high heels in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Gentlemen’s Dash.
Sunday, Oct. 4 will be events at Callahan’s Café, Art on Main, and Boden. Check today’s paper for a complete list of activities.
And don’t forget – the Susquehanna River will be dyed pink next Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Quote of the week
“We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.” – Pope Francis
Thought of the week
“Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason.” – Pope Francis
“Money has to serve, not to rule.” – Pope Francis