It’s back to school and off to the fair weather as I write this. Cool, rainy, fall-like. Where did the summer go? It’s been so cool and rainy I am convinced it may never have existed this year, what does the calendar know anyway?
Summer or not, fall is now upon us. Although many fairs take place over the summer, a number are reserved for the fall. In this issue we travel back in time to memories of fairs in days gone by. Then we move through how the strength competitions (also known as truck and tractor pulls) began at fairs and how they’ve evolved to what we have today. Once that has whet your appetite, check out the list of fairs taking place this fall, you may find something you’ve never experienced before.
Fall is also a time to stock up on all the things summer produced to carry us through the less abundant days ahead. Kitchens are a swirl of activity filling jars for the fruit cellar and boxes for the freezer. You’d never guess where the art of canning food to preserve it originated. Hint: it did not originate in grandma’s kitchen.
Every fall students go back to school to learn, but adults sometimes need to make a more conscious effort to continue their personal education. This month we have two new feature columns to help educate us in business and health. One advises how to create solid business relationships that foster smooth business transition. The other urges us to pay attention to our food, not the diets and what we should be eating, but being mindful of what we are eating.
In the midst of fairs, putting up the summer produce, back to school busyness and educating ourselves, it’s important to occasionally take the time to walk down a country lane or step outside at night to look up at the dark, star-studded sky. In August we had the solar eclipse, now it’s time to appreciate the stars and enjoy those quiet moments of awe.
Or use them to ponder the bigger questions of life, such as what can we do to help prevent suicide? September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide is something that has affected many people’s lives in one way or another. It’s not a new concept. High school reading has long included the story of Romeo and Juliet’s tragic love, both dying by suicide. A local native legend in Elora recounts the story of a heart-broken maiden taking her life when her love was killed in battle. One of our feature stories this month focuses on a family who used their son’s suicide as inspiration to start an organization to help prevent suicide by working to destigmatize mental health.
I hope you enjoy the fall weather and the diversity of this September issue. And while the neighbourhood kids are at school filling their minds with knowledge, why not take the opportunity to also learn something new.