Thanksgiving Day it was full bright fall in Austin, evidence of our rainier summer, bright color in the trees. Now it is what I call "shaggy fall" days short and colors fading, leaves drifting down in every breeze even though tempoeratures stay mild. Shaggy fall can depress me some years, as beauty fades and streets look messy. This year I'm enjoying shaggy fall, all the colors drifting down against low gray skies - soft. Bob is on the road, on his way to the great opportunity of attending a working meeting on increasing bipartisan communication at the White Hous (yes I said the White House) on Wednesday) I'm so impressed by my husband and his efforts to improve the state of our nation and world. I'm. impressed with my family here too. Ruth and Chris and I worked really hard yesterday on sorting and organizing tasks and made big progress. I look around my room and see signs of that progress and smile. There is a point of real change that shows in decluttering and I feel just barely there for the first time. That feels really good.