“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit
and resign yourself to the influences of each.” -- Henry David Thoreau
This has been an extremely busy season for me, professionally. There was that hospitality series and the Forum for 5,000 earlier this month, both for Start Marriage Right. I just finished my first paying freelance gig, something, unfortunately, you won't get to see until the new year. I also just finished a huge, data-intense series for my day job at The Courier-News, something, hopefully, you will get to see later this month. And teachers in one of the school districts I cover for the Courier, Community Unit School District 300 in Carpentersville, are moving closer and closer to a strike, like the Chicago Teachers Union's, something you can read more about below.
But this all comes during fall, my favorite season of the calendar year -- the reds and yellows and oranges in the trees and on the sidewalks, the chill and campfire smell in the air, the flavors of squash and pumpkin and apple working their way into our kitchen, the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest and the Chicago International Film Festival, Halloween and Thanksgiving and All Saint's Day and Day of the Dead.
I've resigned myself to the influence of that busyness. I've stopped beating myself up over missed workouts and sticky floors and frozen pizza dinners.
But I also am truly grateful for and embracing each opportunity to do so many things I always have wanted to do. And am making time, once I sent off that freelance assignment Saturday morning, to not be busy. To snuggle up on the couch with my husband and Wes Anderson's latest on DVD. To take a hay ride and pick pumpkins and drink hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick in the bottom of my Styrofoam cup with my parents and sister and baby nephew.
And I'm living in it.
- D300 teachers union: Strike 'may be what we have to do'
- A step or more in the right direction
- ECC OKs sustainability center agreement with Burlington
- D-C students organize information session about deferred action for community
- For ECC students, the medium is the massage
- D300 warning about finances seen as a 'threat' by head of teachers union
- Percent of high school dropouts jump in U46
- Student visits -- and grades -- on the rise at ECC tutoring center
- Judson students watch, weigh debate
- Little change in D300 negotiations after strike vote
- U46 proposes tax levy
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