By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.
Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.
John Updike, September
Monday Night Owls - 11 December 2017 - The US wakes up to walking
We read an article describing how Americans are starting to walk around more than they did in the past:
Vocabulary Top 10:
precis - a brief summary of the main points and ideas of a piece of writing or speech
cranked - increased (something) especially by a large amount
smitten - in love with someone or something
jaywalking - to cross a street carelessly or at an illegal or dangerous place
prodigious - very big; very impressive
dalliance - an action that is not serious
rite of passage - an act that is a symbol of an important change in someone's life
gridlock - a situation in which streets are so full that vehicles cannot move
actuary - a person whose job is to collect and analyse statistics and then tell insurance companies how much they should charge people for insurance based on risks
out on a limb - in or into a risky or dangerous position or situation
Do you prefer walking or driving around a city?
Do you think it is safe for people to walk around everywhere?