Susan Nielsen has it about right -- she talks about how the "devil" follows us around, encouraging us to live more like the Jones's across the street - a hot tub, fancier car, bigger house. In the process, we end up buying things we can't afford or don't need. It's definitely tough fending off the spending devil!
Yesterday, September 23, was the autumnal equinox, where the day and night were equal. From here on out until December, daylight is going to continue to decline. While fall is beautiful, this is not the easiest time of year -- too much is going on: work, all of the family's birthdays happen within about a month and a half, and then Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. In the past I've also had rounds with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) where the lack of light really affects my emotional state. Von del Chamberlain dashes water on the idea that one can balance eggs on the equinox.
Maybe the way to make it through the fall is by eating soup! The Soupsong website is a fabulous resource, not only of recipes but of all the lore surrounding soup. Check out the special Halloween soup! Also a spectacular array of international soups. And if you're feeling a little off, perhaps this Belgian chicken soup would do the trick. Patricia Solley also has a book on soup - An Exaltation of Soups which has positive reviews on Amazon.