summer stream
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The dream of my life,” writes poet Mary Oliver, “Is to lie down by a slow river/and stare at the light in the trees -/ to learn something by being nothing/ A little while but the rich lens of attention.”

Now these are the longest days of all, and if ever one might lie down by a slow river and stare at the light of the trees, these might be the days to do just that, and to learn something by being nothing.

Oakwood Farmers Market

The Greene County Ohio Historical Society Tag Sale includes framed artwork, furniture, small appliances, glassware and pottery, games and puzzles, and more. This is in Xenia and it is today until 4pm and Saturday, 9am to noon.

If you are in the Oakwood neck of the woods, their Farmers’ Market is open Saturday, 9am to 1pm and from 9 to 11 I’ll be there playing my accordion!

soybean flower
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So much is going on outside that it’s hard to know what else is going on. And to make matters worse, when one thing happens, something else is happening, too.

When great mullein blooms in the fields, then mock orange petals have all fallen and water willows are blossoming beside the streams.

When elderberry bushes come into full flower and cottonwood cotton floats in the wind, then the first chiggers bite in the woods and garden.

When the tall spikes of the yucca are in bloom, then Japanese beetles invade the soybeans.

Yellow Springs Street Fair

Tonight is First Friday in downtown Dayton. You can shop, eat, dine, and be entertained all over the place from 5 to 10pm.

Mike’s Big Ol’ Bike is a ride through Dayton’s beautiful and historic neighborhoods. It’s a 3-mile ride through St Anne’s Hill and the meeting is tonight at 6:30pm, pedals down at 7, back by 7:45 and then there’s a party to 9pm.

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I keep a notebook of things I see around me, and often I see that the past feeds my present and gives me a sense of stability. Reliving certain times in the woods offers me a sense of permanence. I can read that This took place. This was. The experience will vanish with my ability to remember, to read or write, but still, I go back now , making that past the present this time.

Like June 10 of 2017, I wrote: “Throughout the village, the black mulberries are falling so quickly, and I see entire boughs collapsed into yards and streets so heavy with their sweet soft fruit.”

Levitt Pavilion Dayton
Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton

Levitt Pavilion’s 2019 Season is now open. Tonight’s an indie pop group and on Saturday it's a Latin favorite. It’s at 7pm and be sure to bring your picnic basket, chairs, family, and friends.

St Anne’s Hill Historic District is having a Trash ‘N Treasure Neighborhood Rummage Sale. This features over 55 vendors with house, porch and garage sales and is Saturday, 8am to 2pm.

ripe strawberry
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Poor Will’s Almanack for the transition week to Early Summer, the  final week of the Golden Buttercup Moon, the second  week of the sun in Gemini

At the doorway to June, strawberries are a single tip of summer.


In response to the events on Courthouse Square on Saturday the Neon is providing the gorgeous film LOVING. This film speaks to the struggle of deep-seated racism in America and is on Saturday, at noon with tickets available on a first come, first serve basis.

Daddy longlegs
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The Golden Buttercup Moon wanes throughout the remainder of May, reaching apogee (its benign position farthest from Earth) on May 26 and entering its final quarter that same day.

Rising in the middle of the day and setting in the middle of the night, this Moon passes overhead in the early morning, encouraging creatures to feed and mate. This week, lunar conditions are ideal for planting all garden flowers and vegetables, telling the seeds to swell and sporut.

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The Sun enters the Early Summer sign of Gemini on May 20, and when the Sun reaches so high, then blackberries are flowering all along the nation’s midsection, and the last of the high-tree leaves come out for summer.