SoCS: October

October is one of my favorite months.

Part of the reason is that I was born in October. My birthday is the fourth, which also happens to be the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, who has become increasingly important to me spiritually over the years.

Growing up In New England, I always appreciated the beauty of October. It is the month when the leaves turn colors. Because our forests are mixed, there are red, orange, yellow, and russet leaves, punctuated with the deep greens of evergreens. I am lucky to still live in the Northeastern United States so our autumn foliage is still similar.

The last two Octobers I have  been back in my home area for early October with the Boiler House Poets in residency at MASS MoCA. Being back at that time of year is even more special as it has coincided with the annual Fall Foliage Festival. I have even written a poem about it.

Of course, October ends with Halloween. I admit that it is not one of my favorite holidays, but October 31st is special for another reason. It is my elder sister’s birthday and so another reason to celebrate the crisp, beautiful month of October.
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Author: Joanne Corey

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11 thoughts on “SoCS: October”

  1. For all the lovely fall foliage, the visits to Williamstown (and the Hopper Trail at Mt. Greylock), oddly I’ve never actually gone to MASSMoCA. It’s one of those “bucket list” things we always mean to do, but then get sidetracked in… Then again, there are so many things to see and so, it’s easy to get sidetracked in October in the mountains of the NY/VT/MA triangle.

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    1. So glad, Eden, that you have had the opportunity to visit that corner of the world! I grew up in one of the tiny towns along the VT/MA border, so we were often in North Adams and Williamstown visiting relatives, shopping, going to high school, etc. It is a beautiful area, especially during foliage season, short as it is.

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      1. I actually grew up just south of Saratoga NY, so, it’s a familiar “backyard” vacation spot for us. My husband and I love hiking the Petersburgh Pass section of the Appalachian trail and some of the side-trails that head down to the John Hopkins forest. It’s a lovely spot.

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