All those beautiful leaves, almost gone!

There are a few bright bits of yellow still clinging to those maples, just not very many. Soon, all there'll be are bare branches - but along with those, we know that come spring, the cycle will start all over again. And not just new green buds in the trees, but daffodils and tulips, crocuses and other spring flowers that brighten our days as the winter finally begins to lose its grip.

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I kind of miss those days, many years ago, at my grandmother's table. I didn't have to travel to get there, because she raised my sister Mary and me.

And oh, those meals! I don't do anything near what she did back then. Seems like today families are spread so much farther apart, and lives are so busy it just doesn't happen so much any more. We settle for phone calls and emails to keep in touch and get to see the grandkids growing up via the Internet.

When I count the numbers of my own descendants, the number is rather shocking. Six kids, however, do translate to lots more grandchildren and great-grands to boot. I try to imagine them (and their spouses) all at one table and then realize how big it would have to be!

We have a number of things going on in the next couple weeks.

andbull; At Redwoods Family Worship Center, there's a Glory Conference with Rev. Sherlock Bally, an internationally-known evangelist andend-times teacher.

He will be speaking Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Mondayandndash;Friday at 6:30 p.m.

I don't know about you, but personally, I find the topic of end times more than a little interesting. When I study my Bible, I realize that it and the day's news seem to be getting more and more similar.

andbull; There's a change of venue for Temple Beth Shalom folks today.

The class on the 613 Commandments will be held at the temple here rather than in Brookings. The class, led by Rabbi Les Scharnberg, will begin at 10 a.m.

andbull; Today winds up the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Smith River United Methodist Church. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and bring you all sorts of interesting items to peruse and purchase.

Add to that the homemade soup and bread luncheon, baked goodies, and veggies from Ocean Air Farms, and you've got a pretty good destination for shopping. You can even get the soup to go if you're in a hurry!

andbull; If you're a St. Joseph's Catholic Church member, don't forget the ongoing effort to construct a new parish directory.

Sign up at, or the parish office Mondayandndash;Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Pictures will be taken from Dec. 3andndash;7.

andbull; The collection schedule for the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox gifts at Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church is as follows:

Mondayandndash;Saturday, Nov. 18andndash;23, 10:30 a.m.andndash;1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2andndash;4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25, 9andndash;10 a.m.

Your boxes will be packed in cartons and started on their journey to the East Coast, where they will then be sorted and sent on the final leg of their journey to kids all over the world.

If you have a question, call 464-2034, or 951-5880, and Bill or Wilma Ross will help you.

andbull; Plans for the Christmas season's musical offerings are starting to come in.

Cornerstone Church Christmas Choir will present "A King's Birthday" Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m.

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email