Autumn has always affected me the same way. This time of year and its fading light draw me into a reflective mood — let’s say an even more reflective mood. I think quite a lot about my family, my friends, what has been good in the year and what I could have wished different. I don’t become morose, quite the opposite. This is a time of anticipation and hope for me. I think about the holidays, followed by a fresh new year, projects to begin both at home and at work ... fishing the winter steelhead run. But, my thinking does inevitably settle on the contradictions in life.