Time Bandits

Gavin Keenan Writes

As I sit down to write this, the official change of season is a few hours away. The Hummingbirds left the feeder last week with little notice. They didn’t stop to say goodbye, but simply followed the dictates of nature and continued on their long journey south. Autumn has been my favorite season since I can remember. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say it has been from the time I graduated High School and bid farewell to compulsory education. Beyond the array of October colors and the cooling temperatures, the season brings shorter periods of daylight, lengthening shadows cast by a lower sun, the flight of the birds and the quieter evenings at home that seem to move the spirit. Time slows ever so slightly, and I at least think that I am more relaxed and reflective.

In my early days with the constabulary, autumn was a relief after a…

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