Starting the New Year

A conoeist makes his way across West Caroga Lake with fall foliage in the background Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Spira)

Hey, guys. In September, I always felt it was the start of the new year as opposed to January 1.

This year is doubly the start of the new year with both the new school year beginning and for me, personally, the Jewish New Year that starts September 9. It’s almost always in September (rarely crossing over into the first week of October) and this New Year will be 5779 in the Jewish calender.

I’m also looking forward to fall, my favorite season, and I include photos Herman has taken of late summer flowers near us as they transition into fall colors here in Caroga Lake. (A photo of autumn leaves here as a preview of coming attractions.)

Also, this month, Yom Kippur falls on September 19, the Day of Atonement.

Of course, for some children, the new school year starts with either dread or anticipation as many may have missed seeing school friends over the summer.

Photo courtesy of Kathryn Spira One of the last roses of Fall 2017 is shown in this photo.

Shopping was one ritual prior to the new year for me with my mom purchasing back-to-school clothes that would be in fashion for the new year.

Here in Caroga Lake, September marks the exodus of “summer people” who will be moving back to their winter quarters. Since I’m not a fan of crowded conditions, I look forward to the peacefulness of fewer folks and the quiet.

With fireworks going off even on days nowhere near July 4, I know Oscar — our min-pin pup who hates the loud noises — is glad of the peace and quiet also. (He is also happiest when no strange dogs pass by our house.)

So from this Jewish girl, I’d like to wish you all a happy, healthy and blessed New Year! And for the record, I was always one of those who looked forward to going back to school. I hope you feel the same. 


A late summer butterfly stopped by for a visit. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Spira)

, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake, in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website . You can also follow her on Facebook under Kathryn Phillips-Spira, where her columns will also be posted.

Late summer flowers in bloom (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Spira)

A butterfly stops to check out some flowers. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Spira)

A window box at Spria's home is shown. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Spira)