Everyone talks about 'Spring Cleaning', when, after a long winter, it's time to dust things off, toss unnecessary things aside, and prepare to start anew! We throw away those winter doldrums and embrace the longer days and warmer temperatures.

So, it only makes sense, then, to apply a similar concept to our Autumnal routine. After living easy in the sweet old summertime and cruising into fall, shouldn't we brace ourselves, gird our loins, for the winter season ahead which will have us pining for spring?

Brian Stephenson

This picture of sunset at the Appletree Golf course in late October, while beautiful, serves as a harbinger of the shorter days to come. Now, while there's fall cleanup to be done in the yard and gutters to clear and lawn gnomes to stow away for the winter, I'm going to begin my preparation with - a random 'cleansing' of my iPhone pictures.

It's been several months since my last photographic purge, and I still maintain a quantity of 1,577 pictures on my phone. Do I really NEED them all? Of course not. It's not a matter of need though, so I shall ask myself, do I WANT them all? Here's a random cross-section and I'll decide as I go. I'm sure that I'm not the only one who hoards.

Brian Stephenson

Speaking of hoarding, this is little Maya, my adorable granddaughter who was seeking serenity in the acquiring and keeping of bathroom tissue. She's five years old now, so this picture was taken well before the pandemic shortage earlier this year. KEEPER.

Brian Stephenson

Alright, don't laugh, but I happen to be a big Ronald McDonald fan since I was just a kid. He hasn't aged a bit. Anyhoo, this was us right before a parade or something back about three years ago. I guess I don't really need it. If I long to see it again it's posted here within the article. So - sorry Ronnie -- DELETE.

Brian Stephenson

Who doesn't have a picture of a snail on their iPhone? This shot doesn't do the slimy little guy justice though -- as he was about 3 inches long. I snapped the picture in my backyard in Seattle a few years ago, so I could text my daughter to gross her out. It worked. I guess I don't need it any longer. DELETE

Brian Stephenson

A few years ago, while hanging out at the park with my grandkids, this superhero looking dude shows up with crazy glasses and a batman t-shirt. When he removed his yellow glasses, I realized it was Max, my grandson! He sure had me fooled. KEEPER.

Brian Stephenson

Sheesh! Can't believe I took a picture of this, much less kept it. It was Thanksgiving a few years ago. I can't tell if it's actually the Turkey or a Plastic Joke Turkey that I put on the table as a gag. I hate to say it, but, I think this was the overcooked REAL one. DELETE!

Brian Stephenson

I definitely should never have kept this one. It was following a frustrating loss by the Seahawks in the Playoffs a couple of years ago. I took off my jersey in disgust and stomped on it. Felt better for a few minutes. Then came the shame and self-loathing. DELETE! GO HAWKS!

Brian Stephenson

Have you ever interviewed and then hired someone after a SKYPE interview? I haven't. Here, you can see why. This candidate not only looked bizarre but backed up his appearance with equally strange behavior. Kept calling me 'Brutha'. Nope.  DELETE.

Rubeus Hagrid

Previous Halloween costumes don't need to remain on my phone. This one is from two years ago as Hagrid from Harry Potter. DELETE.

Brian Stephenson

This one is Dr. Death from three years ago. LIVE IN THE NOW BRIAN!!!  DELETE.

Do you see how simple it is? I challenge you to go thru the pictures on your phone, tablet, or computer and purge with me! Ok, that sounded weird, but you know what I mean. There were 214 other pictures I ditched, but was merciful and didn't make you go through the whole process with me. You're welcome.