First Monday of September, but no work.
Last weekend (unofficially) of summer and then:
back to work or school, cooler weather.
For me, always a student or teacher,
the real New Year’s Day. Without champagne.
The sprinkler twirls.
The summer wanes.
The pavement wears
The playground grass
Is worn to dust.
The weary swings
Creak, creak with rust.
The trees are bored
With being green.
Some people leave
The local scene
And go to seaside
And take off nearly
All their clothes.
"August" by John Updike, from A Child’s Calendar
I see a t-shirt that says “2042.”
(It’s the year that the white majority
in the United States will be outnumbered
by those Americans belonging to other races.)
I wonder what the wearer is saying.
We were the minority when we arrived.
The 1983 film, National Lampoon’s Vacation, depicts a family vacation that has become less common in America over the past two generations.
Did you take a vacation this summer? I’m not talking about a long weekend but a real full week off and away. According to a post on Factually, if you are an American and you did, then you are part of the shrinking 56% that will in 2014.
In 1976, 80% of…
Birds pecking rapidly at the yellowing grass.
Squirrels harvesting acorns that tap all afternoon,
falling on the table, chairs and me,
staring at the setting sun. It hurts.
And every day I think about dying.
This LA building reveals a hidden personality due to Merten’s mark (Image courtesy of Jake Merten)
I almost wish that we were butterflies
and liv’d but three summer days – then,
fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget.
Touch has a memory. A waking dream?
I want a brighter word than bright.
There is nothing stable in the world.
[a found poem consisting of quotes from the poems of John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne and John Keats: A New Life]
In the summer of 1818, poet John Keats went on a six-week walking tour through northern England, Scotland, and Ireland. Keats and his friend Charles Brown set off in June and walked 600 miles before sailing back to London.
Keats was not an outdoorsman and had spent his life in London never having been out of southern England. He was 22 and had never…
Henry James said there were but four rules of life —
"Be kind Be kind Be kind Be kind."
We still see the effect of Superstorm Sandy here on the east coast of the United States, but not many people know about the two powerful solar storms that hit the Earth back in August 1859. These were superstorms of a very different kind.
When the geomagnetic disturbances from the solar activity reached Earth:
- Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed. Some telegraph operators…
Dorothee Golz - classical paintings in modern settings