“In the garden, autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.” – Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden

“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted upon, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Always celebrate your higher moments.” – Pierce Brosnan

During the 20th century and following the wide-scale adoption of the scientific method, astrology has been challenged successfully on both theoretical and experimental grounds, and it has been demonstrated to have no scientific validity or explanatory power. Astrology thus lost its academic and theoretical standing, and common belief in it has significantly declined. While studies show that about 25% of Canadians, Britons, and Americans continue to believe that star and planet positions affect their lives, astrology is now recognized as pseudoscience. Nonetheless, I have thoroughly enjoyed my foray into astrology, and although I tend to be skeptical, so much of what I read about Scorpios does hit the nail on the head.

Virgo, the sixth zodiacal sign, continues to September 22, and then changes–from September 23 to October 22–to Libra, the scales, which is associated with the element of air. Scorpio, the eighth sign, lasts from October 23 to November 21 and is associated with the element of water. The ninth and last zodiacal sign of the calendar year is Sagittarius, the archer. It goes from November 22 through December 21, and is associated with the element of fire.

After picking up my very first copies of Arriving: 1909-1919 on October 5, 2011, I returned home, sat down at my computer, and penned my first newsletter, Arriving Has Almost Arrived! I wrote: “Welcome to the first of many blog posts about my writing, my inspiration, and my upcoming books! I have waited many years to put my ideas for a historical fiction novel down on paper and the day has finally (almost) arrived where I can see my words in hard copy. It’s a very exciting time! My first novel … I am truly excited about putting this novel in your hands and showing you the fictitious Werner family with all their triumphs and frailties. Enjoy Arriving: 1909-1919 and lose yourself for a while on the golden plains of Saskatchewan.”

Over the past six years, I have written 78 epistles to my ever-increasing readers, chronicling my reflections, observations, experiences, accolades, highlights, interactions, and celebrations of becoming a Canadian author. Of course, as is my wont, with the passage of time, my online chronological journal became longer, especially when I chose to enhance my writing by indulging my love for quotations and trivia. However, I have now decided that October Transitioning will be my last personal newsletter until I am ready to launch Lords and Lepers, hopefully by spring 2018.

In the interim, if you’re interested in reading my past blogs, visit From the depths of my heart and soul, thank you to my devoted readers.


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