Isn't it lovely, warm and crisply sunny out today? It couldn't be a better day for Halloween. Here's the origin and story of Halloween told by Garrison Keillor, which includes this salient note (among others): What's interesting about Halloween is that it has no real connection to the majority religion of this country, it does not celebrate an event in our nation's past, it does not involve traveling to visit family, and it doesn't even give us a day off work. But it gives us the chance to try out other identities. In a way that's what Fall Colors Month has been about, trying out other identities, in the sense that we've been able to try out other people's homes and reimagine what we might do ourselves. We've been inspired by all the different submissions, and hope that you have been too. Starting later today, we'll begin to vote for a champion.
As for November, we're going to try something else completely different. Originally inspired by Tim and Nina Zagat, whose whole business started because they used to hand out a list of their favorite restaurants to friends, were going to spend the month updating our Stores Guide and systematically - with your help - collect and vote on the best home stores in the city and online. This will be our trial run for an annual survey in which we hope to discover new resources and crown a few amazing ones who deserve to get more attention. As with everything we do, connecting people to resources and waking those shops up is what we're going to do. We start today. (top pic: ess dog)