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African American Cultural Festival in Dayton
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The 11th Annual African American Cultural Festival is at Dayton Island MetroPark ….the one off Helena Street on Saturday. There are tons of things going on from noon to 8pm.

The Great American Beer Tasting is at The Dayton Dragons on Saturday from 2 to 6pm.

perseid meteor shower
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I stayed up to watch the Perseid meteors, but the moon was too bright for me to see more than a few shooting stars. And now that gibbous moon is setting, the sky is getting light,  and I am still awake. The morning is windless, misty and cool. Crickets are chanting never pausing, cardinals competing with them, blue jays give their bell-like calls, crows caw a few blocks away

Germanfest Picnic at RiverScape MetroPark
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The 36th Germanfest Picnic gives a glimpse of the German heritage that has given Dayton some of its cultural identity. It's at Riverscape MetroPark in Downtown Dayton tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

The Friends of Washington-Centerville Public Library are having a “Better Books Blow-out.” It's at Centerville Library on Spring Valley Road today until 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

katydid
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As Late Summer begins, all the katydids sing after sundown.  They call out the close of the Dog Days, and even though heat often lingers, the rhythm of the season has shifted, its tones have been altered, colors and sounds and scents all pointing to fall.

Migration clucking among the robins increases.  Some days, there is a long and steady cardinal song before sunrise, then silence. Hummingbirds, wood ducks, Baltimore orioles and purple martins start to disappear south; their departure marks a quickening in the approach of Early Fall.

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Art in the City celebrates Dayton’s rich collection of visual and performing arts. Artists, and others “paint, perform, and party” around downtown Dayton today from 5 to 9pm. And one of the performers is me playing my accordion from 5 to 7 outside the Schuster Center.

summer in Hocking Hills
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In his book, Mountains of the Mind, Robert Macfarlane writes about the role of imagination in a person’s approach to space and place. The mountains that people climb, he writes, must first exist and be conquered in their minds.

When he actually climbed mountains, Macfarlane discovered “that the mountains one gazes at, reads about, dreams of and desires are not the mountains one climbs.” The real mountains are “matters of hard, steep rock and freezing snow…of vertigo…of hypertension, nausea and frostbite.”

Dayton Celtic Festival stage
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The Dayton Celtic Festival is at RiverScape MetroPark. It begins this evening and is all weekend.

A Small Farm & Food Fest is for all-ages and it promotes healthy eating and sustainable living. There are dozens of hands-on activities, a pop-up farmers market, demonstrations, speakers and more. It's at Carriage Hill MetroPark on Saturday, from 10am to 5pm.

ripening summer blackberries
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The philosopher and psychologist Carl Jung used the word, “synchronicity” to describe "temporally coincident occurrences" that may be related by their meaning. In the context of nature, the days themselves are formed and defined from “temporally coincident occurrences,” that is, events happening at the same time, events that reveal to the very blossom and tadpole the meaning of space and time. Things happen together: that is what makes the world make sense.

Levitt Pavillion Dayton sign
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Trivia Night at the Dayton Art Institute is in conjunction with their special exhibition Our Century: Dayton Area Collects and is hosted by one of The Rubi Girls. It’s tonight at the DAI from 5:30 to 8pm.

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There’s night and day, brother, both sweet things, writes George Borrow in a passage from his novel, Lavengro. There’s sun, moon, and stars, brother, all sweet things…. Life is very sweet, brother; who would wish to die? 

In my notes for this week of the year, I find myself in the middle of butterflies, days of color and nectar, drifting and soaring.  These days, I can see were the sweetest.

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