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Sat., Nov. 5, 2011, 5:25 a.m.

The silent season

This is my favorite time of year, the slow move of fall toward winter. I welcome the change back to standard time and the 4 p.m. darkness. Even as a child, I loved the foggy post Halloween nights. Mostly, I love how things quiet down. At 9 p.m. in summer evenings, people mow their lawns. In these fall and winter months, the outside is dark and the noises shut off. Exhale.

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