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The Cover
November 21, 2007

Home at Montclair

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(19):2233. doi:10.1001/jama.298.19.2233

It is autumn time in Claremont, New Jersey. The trees have surrendered their last leaves and are naked to the sky. A few of the fallen leaves remain scattered across the snow in the foreground. Chimney smoke scarcely disturbed by the breeze curls upward to meet the trees. A transparent twilight hovers over the landscape, blazing up at the horizon in a last dramatic effort to forestall the night. It is the still point of the day, the time when light and dark pause in their separate journeys, when body and spirit recognize they are one. It is evening, the time of thanksgiving for what has passed, the time of rest for what the dawn will bring. The earth rests, too, in preparation for its spring.