Autumn is my favorite time of the year, heralding in pencils, notebook paper, new school clothes and a new set of teachers and friends. The crisp air and the faster winds bringing with it landscaped scents and clean rain-washed air. Roadside stands where apple cider will be served and sold. Time for pulling out the sweaters, cardigans and hooded sweatshirts, too. Long walks to witness the baring of branches and flocks of birds being swept up and around like fallen leaves. Yes, it is my favorite time of year.