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Autumn to writers is a turning point. When green leaves turn to gold and red, we rejoice in their beauty. The letdown comes when the leaves turn brown and fall off the trees. This deep sense of loss when fall dissolves into winter has been described by Keats, Shakespeare, Frost, and many more poets. Since we no longer need to store up food for the winter in order to survive, autumn today is a metaphor for the precarious nature of life which can be here in its glorious fullness one day and gone the next.
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In Waiting No Longer

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The twice-delayed Canadian High School Homecoming Queen coronation was held at the CHS Gymnasium last Friday at noon. Senior Maggye Coffee (in photo, fourth from left, with father Logan Coffee) was crowned 2020 Homecoming Queen in a ceremony viewed by members of the student body, as well as the CHS band and Wildcat football team. Other members of the court were (from the left) Freshman Princess Samantha Krehbiel with escort, Jake Krehbiel; Senior Queen Candidate Leslie Gonzalez, with escort Martin Gonzalez; Junior Princess Emory Brewer, with escort Marshall Brewer; Senior Queen Candidate Alondra Ortega, with escort Juan Ortega; and Sophomore Princess Moraima Morales, with escort Ramiro Morales. The original Homecoming was to have been held during halftime on Friday, September 18. That event was cancelled, though, when the Perryton Rangers reported that members of their team had tested positive for COVID-19, and a quarantine was imposed. PHOTO PROVIDED BY HEATHER SAWYER
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It’s Banned Books Week! The week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3 is a reminder of the freedom to read. The Texas ACLU no longer tracks the banned and challenged books in the state’s public schools, but the American Library Association does. This year’s theme is “Censorship is a dead end. Find Your Freedom to Read.” ALA’s list of books banned and challenged in 2019 have an obvious theme: LGBTQ. Eight out of 10 titles explore the predicaments of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning characters.
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Need a hug? Don’t we all? Person-toperson contact is how humans express affection, comfort, and connect with each other. Touch releases oxytocin and sometimes dopamine, two of the “happy hormones” that regulate positive moods. Touch also signals a sense of belonging, safety, and trust. Living in isolation during the pandemic has resulted in touch deprivation. People working from home are deprived of daily touching such as handshakes and pats on the back. The over-60 crowd who have to observe strict social distancing miss hugs and kisses from children and grandchildren. A lack of touch can trigger anxiety and, in the extreme, loneliness and depression.
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Canadian High School Homecoming Court to be center stage during Friday night halftime festivities

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In a nod to the coronavirus pandemic, a scaled-down Canadian High School homecoming week will culminate Friday night in the halftime presentation of the 2020 Homecoming Queen and her court. While some of this year’s traditional events—including the popular pre-game parking lot tailgate party hosted by the Canadian Education Foundation—have been placed on temporary hiatus, the Wildcat spirit will be on full display for Friday night’s annual showdown between Canadian and the rival Perryton Rangers.