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    "Octobuary" in the Adirondacks

    We’re heading into my second favorite month. "Octobuary," as I call it. In honor of January and February, a couple of my least favorite months. But I figured I’d honor them rather than anticipate them with dread. Winter will be upon us soon enough. In the meantime I’m enjoying the fall foliage here in the Adirondacks.

    Whereas many people don’t enjoy the fall because they know what’s coming, I tend to really enjoy it since I stay in the present. Have you guys ever heard of Loretta LaRoche? She’s a great inspirational speaker. One of her most famous lines is as follows: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present." Isn’t that great? She is widely available on video cassette. If you haven’t heard her, I highly recommend her.

    The present is a great place to be. When I hear of people lamenting about the past, or planning what they will do someday when they retire, I just don’t get it. Imagine working a job you don’t like and planning a future that will somehow magically present itself with happiness all wrapped up when you can’t live in the now? That I just don’t get.

    On a totally different subject, I need to thank the countless people who come up to me when I’m out and about and comment on this column. In case I haven’t said it lately, I really enjoy writing this to you guys each week, and I’m thrilled when you approach me and tell me how much you enjoy reading it. It definitely goes both ways.

    Have I mentioned to you guys that when I don’t feel like using my voice activation software to write to you, I usually enlist Herman’s typing skills, which is what I’m doing right now. Sometimes the voice activated software doesn’t behave properly and gives me fits, and that doesn’t help my speech recognition either, as the stress in my voice is misinterpreted by the software program.

    Herman’s not having terrific fun typing this for me, but it’s almost over now. So he can see the light at the end of the tunnel. By the way, I’ve been asked on occasion if Herman writes the column for me. The answer is a resounding NO! Not that I think he couldn’t, but it simply wouldn’t be my voice. He occasionally makes suggestions and I occasionally ask his opinion, but that’s as far as it goes. So, if you don’t like what I say, you can’t blame Herman.

    Enjoy this last Sunday of the month and I’ll talk to you again in October.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"