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Poor Will's Almanack: June 12 - 18, 2018

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In Nature wrote the naturalist Donald Culross Peattie,nothing is insignificant, nothing ignoble, nothing sinful, nothing repetitious. All the music is great music, all the lines have meaning.

So far deep into Gemini, I seek out the music. Looking for Deep Summer, I collect and collect more  pieces of the season, watching them accumulate, none of them insignificant.

And so I lay them out in my mind, building a daybook on which to place leaves, birdsong, butterflies until all the lines and spaces are filled.

Working with such mixed media, I weave the textures and colors and shapes into patterns which communicate taste and insight, feelings and dreams.  In all of those projections, I stir and meld the sense data and combine them to make the world my own

And if external reality, as Einstein asserted, is altered by observation, my watching and shaping are not altogether private matters. Internal space, then, fashions outer space. If I become the season by virtue of my encounter with it, so too the season is transformed by my observing. That is the Deep Summer in which all the music is great music and all the words have meaning.

This is Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Almanack. I’ll be back again next week with notes for the fourth week of  Early Summer. In the meantime, collect all the pieces, shape your inner space and the world around you. Find Deep Summer.

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Bill Felker has been writing nature columns and almanacs for regional and national publications since 1984. His Poor Will’s Almanack has appeared as an annual publication since 2003. His organization of weather patterns and phenology (what happens when in nature) offers a unique structure for understanding the repeating rhythms of the year.