There’s been a large gap between posts from June to September and I just want to say that this has been the most wonderful summer. We didn’t get three months of 90s like we had the last couple of years. I kept thinking I was going to have to move from what was once the best weather in the world to someplace more in accordance with the cruel changes in climate that we’ve created. But this year, after last fall’s floods, summer has graced us with warm, but not too much so, temperatures and plenty of rain.
Easy Livin’ Dave Mckenna
As the days and weeks went by, I sat on the back porch and watched the green hills that in past years would have been brown. I played some Irish tunes to encourage things. Then it was the Fourth and still everything was a deep green and now flowers had taken over, and bees buzzed, finding a haven from pesticides and whatever else is set against them. And it continued. It was just the right balance of wet and warm, encouraging seeds that had lain dormant for who knows how long. Hummingbirds, bumblebees, and rabbits were having a party like never before.
Now, September, things are winding down. We’ve even had a little snow on the hills. This week, it’s Indian summer and, who knows, it could go on for a while, out of a natural generosity and unwillingness to let go. I’ll be out there on the porch gazing across the field and into the foothills and to the peaks beyond that, marveling and grateful.
Devlin’ Tony Rice
This summer, when away from the porch, I’ve been in front of the computer putting together a project called, Bumper Sticker Guru. The stickers (which are removable) have my phrases on them, reflecting a certain take on the world. They strive for funny and fun, inspiration and comment, and avoid politics, mean-spirited humor, and the sometimes nasty nature of a lot of the stickers that are out there. I see this project as a stab at lightening the general atmosphere on the highway, a bumper sticker-induced enlightenment, and an encouragement for all drivers to cool out, to sit back and enjoy the scenery, and to turn up the tunes on the box.
So far, I thought the only one of these stickers that had to do specifically with music was one that reads: Long live Rock and Roll! But this morning I remembered there’s one that says: In my car, summer never ends. That one prompted this post and the acknowledgement of just how great this past summer has been.