Well, after a great run, my Yankees have been sent home. They were beaten by a good team and have nothing to be ashamed of. As someone once said, "We'll get'em next year!"

Well, after a great run, my Yankees have been sent home. They were beaten by a good team and have nothing to be ashamed of. As someone once said, "We'll get'em next year!"
Since I have stopped watching professional football and I don't care for soccer or basketball, my sports season is over. Bring on the curling!
This weather has been great although we need rain. I have heard that fall colors will not be as bright because it is so dry. Some color is getting through now, so we'll have to see how it comes out.
It was nice to see so many folks out gathering black walnuts. I saw families, adults and even a single person collecting them. I once thought that no one wanted to gather them because they don't earn a lot of money. I was afraid that kids can get money in other ways, but I talked to several who appreciated the money.
Several people gather them because they don't want them in their yard. They can be a problem as people walk or, of course, they play heck with lawn mowers.
Earlier this week I watched an old film about the efforts by the U.S. Army to conquer yellow fever in Cuba. This is a subject I have been interested in since I did a lot of reading about the building of the Panama Canal. I find the overall story of the Panama Canal so very interesting, from the mechanics and difficulty of the job, to the Americans who went there (many of whom died), to the success of this majestic project to the fight again the hated mosquitoes.
This is, in my humble opinion, the greatest man made wonder of the modern world.
Even the politics of making Panama as a separate county so the job could be done is a wonderful story. It required a lot of politics and a little war. The war was so small that the only casualty was one donkey that was killed.
A lot of the political success was made possible by one of my favorite presidents, Teddy Roosevelt. He was definitely a man of action.
But the film I saw was focused on the individual men who voluntarily offered their lives to test whether mosquitoes were actually the cause of yellow fever. It was a scary and brave thing they did.
I was glad to see the names of the actual five men who were the heroes in this story. There were many who contributed, namely the doctors and nurses, but these men purposely exposed themselves to the deadly mosquitoes for the sake of science.
It was my honor to be the guest of the Missouri National Guard on a trip to Panama a few years ago. I had a chance to go through the canal, visited the big command center where the heart of the great locks are located and men continually open and close them to allow ships and boats go through.
That visit which allowed me to see what I had long read about was a highlight of my many travels. Now, I am only sorry the United States gave up its claim to the canal several years ago. Times they do change but brave men are brave regardless of the situation.

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.