As Summer into Autumn slips And yet we sooner say "The Summer" than "the Autumn," lest We turn the sun away, And almost count it an Affront The presence to concede Of one however lovely, not The one that we have loved - So we evade the charge of Years On one attempting shy The Circumvention of the Shaft Of Life’s Declivity --Emily Dickinson The transition of summer into autumn is such a lovely time of the year. Herein we are blessed with the end of the season’s flowers and the changing of the leaves; cooler temperatures that bring relief from the summer heat; and new beginnings that bring hope for a brighter future. It is a time of harvest of summer’s bounty -- pumpkins, apples,corn to name a few. With holidays just around the corner our thoughts turn to family, friends and joyous times of celebration. In life it is a beautiful time as well, one of reflection on where we have been and where we are going. We are not quite ready, however, to turn the sun away and concede to that penultimate season of life that comes before declivity.