Tag Archives: Summer

Dog Days Again

The atmosphere seemed hellbent to oppress the Earth. The cloying, warm dampness of the early morning air immediately clung to my body after I stepped from the air conditioned haven of my home into the dark, haziness of the outdoors. … Continue reading

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June 2021 Solstice

Living plants and animals follow a natural set of rules. Our lives depend on our planet’s relationship to the Sun, the Moon, and the other planets of the Solar System. Ever since the first people, we have configured our lives … Continue reading

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Solstice Today!

“The fiercest blizzard begins with a single snowflake.” My friend Jonathan jokingly twisted the famous saying from the Tao te Ching: “A journey of a thousand li starts beneath one’s feet.” My young pal said the clever pun on December … Continue reading

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Refreshment

The body was feverish. The throat felt parched. Perspiration drenched the face, stung the eyes and smeared my eyeglasses. The absence of even the slightest of breezes brought out my worst feelings of aversion about summertime. It was time to take … Continue reading

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Play Outside

It was either in January or February of 1965 that a blizzard deposited a very tall snowdrift in front of our house in Lincoln, Nebraska. The wall of snow entirely obscured the front of the house, up to the gutters. … Continue reading

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Hot Enough For You?

In Nebraska, the greeting, “Hot enough for ya?” replaces “How are you?” or “How about those Cornhuskers?” in the summertime. On especially muggy, hot days I’ll jokingly respond with “No, bring on a heat wave.” My friends and acquaintances know … Continue reading

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The Dog Days Are Here Again

Summer weather brings out my inner cynic. I want to believe that I’m a cynic in the Classical Greek way, that virtue is the only way to achieve a life of value. Then, on second thought, such thinking leads to … Continue reading

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