Friday Morning FYI – 9/30/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

Autumn is here, and that means apple picking, long walks in cool night air, and camping/hiking among the fall foliage (maybe that last one is just a few of us).¬†Hitting a local orchard with my girlfriend last weekend (seriously people, come out to west NJ) I happened upon a gorgeous monarch butterfly down on the grass. I took a few pics, and then not wanting him to get trampled, decided to see if he’d climb onto my hand so I could put him up on a tree. The result was three very cool minutes of communing with that little guy. I think I’ll make that this week’s FYI (yup, no lecture, no wisdom, just some pics):

Butterfly climbs onto my hand Butterfly on my hand  Butterfly on hand


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#Fall1stHop Critique – The Whispering Gate

Over on her blog, Michelle Hauck is hosting a first page critique where writers create a link to a blog post with the first 250 words of their novel, and then offer feedback to other writers. Sounds like fun :), so here’s mine. Even if you’re not participating in the critique, feel free to comment.


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Apple Picking – Another Thing I love About Autumn

I make no apologies for being a cold-weather person. When I tell friends and co-workers that I love winter and can’t wait for snow, they universally gasp in horror. I can’t say that I blame them, we’ve had a few rough years here in NJ (and all of the north east), so everyone is a bit shell-shocked. Once I mention that my first love is Autumn, though, I always get nods and smiles.

Over at, there’s a great write-up on one of my favorite things: Apple Picking (I love it so much, I capitalized it. Don’t hate.) There are some nice history and cool info graphics to help everyone finish up the season (already over in most places, I know), and get ready for next year. Check it out.


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