Participants in the Salem Avenue Peace Corridor's annual peace event
The Salem Avenue Peace Corridor and First Baptist Church Dayton

The Salem Avenue Peace Corridor and First Baptist Church Dayton are walking to the Salem Garden and making stops along the way to recognize & celebrate symbols of peace. You can walk, bike or drive along this path to peace! This is today, from 4 to 7pm.

forest in autumn
csm242000 Photography / Flickr Creative Commons

For a number of years, I have marked the position of the Sun on a wall in a certain room of my house, noting how it not only moves throughout the day, but also how it moves with the seasons.

I have followed that practice, sometimes doing it to tell the time of year (although it can do that as well as any calendar), but mostly because of the way it makes me feel.

Paying attention to where and when the sunlight comes through my window helps me to feel cared for. Strangely, it makes me feel like I have been chosen.

Dawn takeoff.  Scene from forthcoming film, The Lafayette Escadrille, A feature length documentary.
Dan Patterson

15 years after the Wright brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk, airplanes were weapons.  The 12 horsepower motor and the frailties of the first airplane gave way to powerful engines. We tend to think of WWI as soldiers stuck in muddy trenches, but there was also fierce fighting in the sky. WWI airplanes flew much faster than early aircraft and soon were armed with guns and bombs.

Flying warfare began with slow and basic airplanes sent up to see what the enemy was doing beyond the horizon. Pilots came close to enemy airplanes and even shot at each other with pistols, wild west style.

The third annual ArtFest is Sunday at Beavercreek's Community Park.
via https://www.facebook.com/ArtFestMiamiValley/

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a brand-new musical production and an epic and emotionally charged retelling of the famous Victor Hugo love story of the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda, and the scorned bell-ringer Quasimodo. While it is based on the animated Disney film including many of the same songs, the plot and themes follow more closely to the original, and significantly darker, novel. This is at The Victoria Theatre, Friday & Saturday.

jumpseed plant
Fritz Flohr Reynolds / Flickr Creative Commons

Among the many signs of summer’s end, the maturing of the jumpseed plant is one of the more dependable. In full bloom, it attracts clusters of cabbage white butterflies that play and court around it. And when its inconspicuous white flowers have turned to brittle seeds and jump to the ground as you run your thumb and forefinger up their stem, then the first week of Early Fall has arrived.

Dancers onstage at the Dayton Greek Festival
Dayton Greek Festival

The Doctor from India film is a meditative and immersive portrait of the life and work of Dr. Vasant Lad, the holistic health pioneer who first brought the ancient medical practice from India to the west in the late 1970s. He was both a healer and a mystic, and dedicated his life to sharing what is considered the oldest healthcare system on earth to our complex medical landscape . This film is at The Neon on Saturday and Sunday at noon.

close up of a bumblebee on a sunflower
portitzer / Flickr Creative Commons

In fields all across the country, the last wildflowers of the year come into bloom: the white and violet asters, orange beggarticks, burr marigolds, tall goldenrod, zigzag goldenrod and Japanese knotweed.

It may all be too much for the bees. They have been working since the end of April, and the other day when I found a bumblebee motionsless on its side in the middle of a red zinnia, I wondered if it were overworked, drunk with nectar, a debauchee of dew or simply sleepy.

Aullwood Farm and Nature Center

Aullwood's Farm and Nature Center is having a special day. Bring your family and friends to explore the six miles of trails, meet their animals at the farm and the center and look for native birds! On Sunday, from 1 to 5pm there is no cost.

The Foster Roster at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton provides loving care and temporary housing for animals not yet ready to enter into the adoption program. Fostering provides an invaluable service and helps save lives! They need you to help provide a little time, compassion and maybe even a piece of your heart to these small babies until they are ready to find their forever homes! Can you help?

A squirrel appears from behind a tree.
Andrew Johnston / Flickr Creative Commons

For me, nostalgia often accompanies the steady transformation of the landscape. Memories proliferate, and my mind travels back and forth through the concentric circles of the years, sifting images and feelings, recent and distant events, sorting and ruminating, nothing making much sense.

This morning, I went outside into fog and dew.  I saw that a big fat orb-weaver spider had made its web across the shed door overnight. I remember this time last year, I wasn’t paying attention and walked into the same kind of web in front of the same door.

The 2018 Greater Dayton Lebanese Festival is this weekend.
courtesy of The Greater Dayton Lebanese Festival

AIRPEX 2018 are hosting more than 15 stamp dealers from across the country plus the Post Service with varied philatelic offerings and supplies. Novice, youth, and avid stamp collectors are welcome to stop by to talk and shop with stamp dealers and club members. This is at the IBEW Union Hall, 6550 Poe Avenue, today until 6pm; and Saturday, 10am to 4pm.