Where I come from, October begins the dying season. Leaves flare into yellow, orange, red flames then retire in a state of brown. Flowers have already shown their glory and now they go dormant to await a new spring.

Not here.

These flowers in my new normal world are apparently awakened by the colder temperatures, flourishing in the fall sun.

I’m not a master gardener like my sis-in-law, so perhaps this isn’t as odd as it seems to me. But that’s part of the journey, it seems… seeing something as new that others may see as mundane, or maybe don’t even see anymore.



About Shari Risoff

Shari Risoff is an author, editor and consultant based in Raleigh, NC, USA. She studied business and spent years building client relationships in the corporate world and is passionate about communicating. She is the author of two books, Released: A True Story of Escape from an Abusive Marriage and Accidental Sabbatical. She began to consult and write full time during her own accidental sabbatical. She writes, and edits books for other authors, as well as helping small business owners with infrastructure or communication or projects of many kinds. She is devoted to her husband Stephen. When she is not working on her new book, or hanging out with Stephen, she is reading books or studying human behavior. Readers or writers in need of an editor can get in touch via email: projectmavens @ or follow her on Twitter @ShariRisoff.
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