Step into the fields or woods. Nature is in its most basic form. Hardwood trees are bare of all their green complexity; grasses and weeds, plant life, has retreated into soil and roots, where, with their mycorrhizal organisms, the basis of all green life, they wait. And luck has brought enough rain recently to ensure they winter well. So we begin this season. Stock the bird feeders, as there was little seed mast produced this drought year. Find a good winter project. And a safe holiday season for you!