August and September have a tendency to drag on and on. Fall, perhaps the most wondrous time of year in Colorado, is right there. It can practically be felt in the air and seen in the leaves.

But it isn’t here, not quite.

As kids and teachers bravely head back to school for more teaching and learning, and the rest of us sit idly on our hands, trying to outlast the remaining days of summer before buying every pumpkin in sight, it felt important to reflect on learned life lessons.

A loose theme of “what have we learned?” is threaded through each story in this issue. It might look like a music director taking a moment to put into words how they’ve grown; it might be multiple perspectives telling a story about two incredibly unusual houses and their impact on the lives of those that have lived within them; it might be a restaurant opening in the space that used to hold a different restaurant.

Because what better way to use the time than to think about all the ways in which each and every year, and season, has a new lesson to teach?