The Luxury of Fire

In my opinion, September is one of the best months of the year. The heat of summer begins to fade and cool fall weather starts to creep in.

It’s the perfect time to be outside, to light a fire in the fire pit as the moon rises overhead. The light from the glowing embers is the perfect backdrop for drinking a beer or playing guitar, and I’ve always loved the complex, primal smell of smoke. Fire gives us light and keeps us warm; I love that.


One of my favorite things to do with friends is gather around a big bonfire, especially on cooler nights. It’s so much fun to grill fresh-caught trout, toast marshmallows for s’mores and take selfies using the light from the fire.


These days, our lives are filled with”almost overrun by”electronics. Our phones, Apple Watches and tablets run our lives. It can be such a relief to take a break from them; to rely on the light of nature instead of a blue screen for a change.


Don’t believe me? Try this: Turn off the lights and start a fire in your fireplace this month, or burn some candles, and see how the mood changes and how much cozier your home will feel. Wrap your arms around a loved one”your spouse, your pet, your child”and feel the warmth.

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