From one of my favorites…for Autumn

To Autumn
by John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,–
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

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Another semester has begun.  First week is down.   For some reason, this was the time my body chose to get sick.  It was a tough first week in that sense.  But thankfully, it was at the beginning of the year and hopefully it will be the only time this semester I was ill.

Last week I began courses in Digital Copyright and Research Methods.  I also began working on my final project for graduation — the e-portfolio.  It will be a tough load, but it can be done.  And at the end, I will be completely done.  I’m ready to see what this world has in store.

This weekend Brian takes the GMAT.  He has been studying hard for it for the past couple of months (ever since he finished his summer course).  And after that he will be applying to schools hopefully.   It’s an exciting time.  We can’t wait to see what is in store for us these next few months.