I've always had a fondness for this time of year. To me, it's a time for new beginnings and the return of schedule. The kids are getting ready to go back to school. Daily activies start to move along in a steady groove. The summer's shrapnel gets cleaned up and put away until next year. Of course, right around the corner the holidays are lurking, lying in wait and ready to pounce on whatever peace I may briefly establish. But for now...I look forward to those quiet moments...when I'm the only one home and for awhile, my universe is calm.