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Reading List pieces& Bits “And Then There Were None,” by Agatha Christie. If you’re ready to celebrate Halloween, get in the spooky spirit with this classic mystery novel. Ten strangers are summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. The millionaire host is a stranger to all, but all the guests have something in common: a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” by Zora Neale Hurston. Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person, no mean feat for a black woman in the ‘30s. Janie’s quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots. Did you know? • Autumn is caused by the Earth’s tilt, not our distance from the sun. When the northern hemisphere tilts towards the sun, we get warmer. When it tilts away, we get colder. Fall and spring are the times of transition. • Fall colors are caused by the amount of sugar in leaves. The more red in the leaf, the more sugar that leaf is storing. That is why Maple trees are so vibrant. Evergreens don’t change because their leaves have a thick wax covering that protects the chlorophyll (green) in the leaves. However, global warming could affect fall foliage. Scientists think that the rich reds, oranges, and yellows of fall may be one of the many casualties of global warming. Leaves change color in part because of cues taken from dropping temperatures. As temperatures remain warmer through fall and winter nights, they could delay the beloved fall color shift. • Weight gain around this time of year may not be from all the food. Researchers have found that lack of vitamin D reduces fat breakdown and triggers fat storage. So, the lack of sunlight has more to do with the extra gain than all the pumpkin spice lattes. • Ancient people wore Halloween costumes to hide from ghosts. The Celtic tradition believed that ghosts roamed the earth on Halloween. Wearing a disguise would help you these spirits. TRY IT REDECORATE With most, if not all, of our time being spent at home these days, why not freshen up your space? With the IKEA PLACE application for your smart phone, you can virtually see a 3D, true to scale furniture in your space. The application includes most of IKEA’s catalogue, like sofas and chairs, and helps you to better understand the furniture’s size, design and functionality in your home. STARGAZE Have you ever wondered what constellations you’re staring at in the night sky? The STAR WALK stargazing application. It’s an interactive guide to the night sky, following your every movement in real-time and allowing you to explore over 200,000 celestial bodies and get access to information about anything you find. How to ... Leaf-Peep this autumn Some of the area’s best leaves can only be seen when you get off the major highways and head to the winding country roads, many of which feature romantic covered bridges, local farm stands, pumpkin patches and small-town fall festivals that celebrate the change of season. The best way to navigate these small roads is with a GPS system, but low-tech travelers should stock up on local maps to help them navigate the back roads. While the specific dates may vary slightly each year, Mother Nature’s autumn show kicks off at the Canadian border and makes its first appearance in the northern states like Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in early September. As the month progresses, the colors move southbound and wind their way down south where the final colors fade away in early November. Prerogative Magazine 49