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I’ll be honest with you, I’m not a fan of summer. Sure I love being outside again after a long winter and I love planting flowers and watching them grow. I like going to the beach occasionally – but even that in small amounts. Sitting under an umbrella lathered up in sunscreen, who wants to sit outside in 90° weather with a lot of other people doing the same thing? Not to mention the sand is so hot you can’t walk 5 feet without sandals or flip flops. 

I’m a Northern girl, grew up in Ohio, also lived in Upstate New York in the early 80’s in a house that didn’t even need air conditioning. Then Michigan for 16 years before moving to where I am now, which is Delaware. I miss Michigan and its weather. Yes, the winters could be long with the snow, but they were sunny and cold. Winters in Delaware are gray and wet. Summers could be hot in MI., but not prolonged heat waves like we have in DE., and don’t even ask about the humidity! Holy mother of god the humidity here is stifling and the mosquitoes! I can unequivocally say Delaware is as far south that I ever want to live. Retirement home/condo in Florida?  Hell no! More like a summer home in Maine.

It’s only July and already I’m counting down to autumn. You’ve heard of the book, ‘The Winter of Our Discontent’ by John Steinbeck, well this is the summer of my discontent. I’ve not been a very happy person the last two months, I feel more cooped up in the summer than I do in winter. At least in winter you can put on more layers and still take a walk or hike. In summer that is not the case. You go from an air conditioned house, to an air conditioned car, to an air conditioned location and repeat. We normally  take a fall vacation, since moving to DE., we’ve headed to New England. I fell in love with Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park. The summer tourists are gone and the crowds have thinned out. You can hike for hours with only seeing a few people. I’m not sure where we’re headed this fall but it will be somewhere with warm days, cool nights, hiking and mountains.

Until then…..one more hot wretched month to get through. Maybe Mother Nature will surprise us with a cooler than average August? I’m not counting on it.

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The “dog days of summer” take place between July 3 and August 11th. They are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the Canis Major constellation. The ancient Greeks blamed Sirius for the hot temperatures, drought, and sickness that occurred during the summer.

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Older article but still relevant today! I was just talking to my spouse about this when we were out walking in an area with a lot of walkers/joggers. Pay attention to who moves first.

In early November of last year, 25-year-old labor organizer Beth Breslaw decided to confront male entitlement one sidewalk stranger at a time. She was inspired by a friend’s experience: Having heard that men were less likely than their female counterparts to make room on a crowded sidewalk, this friend wanted to test the theory herself while commuting to and from her job in the Financial District. From then on, she spent every day getting repeatedly body-checked.

“She would get on the train and have nowhere to sit because men were all spread out on the seats,” Breslaw told me with a laugh. “Then she’d get off the train and have nowhere to walk because men don’t get out of the way.”

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You humans make me tired.
You destroy each other focusing on differences
vs: what you have in common. #bekind

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The myth is that the deregulation or privatization of a moral mission of government eliminates government.

But it doesn’t. Large corporations also govern our lives – often making life and death decisions that affect us.

Government isn’t eliminated. It is just shifted from the public sector, where there is an ethic of protection and public accountability, to the private sector, where there is an ethic of profit and no public accountability.
-George Lakoff from Moral Politics, 2002

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Introspection

Children 

What would the child you once were

think of the adult you have become today?

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It’s the first day of spring and it’s snowing again. This winter has been horrible for the East Coast with massive snowfall in some areas and others bitter cold. In the Philadelphia and surrounding areas it’s the coldest in 38 years. Yet I heard on the news last night this winter was one of the warmest on record – except for the East Coast which was unseasonably cold, (no kidding!.)

I think this quote about sums it up for me and how I’m feeling.

"The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.

  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month."

-Henry Van Dyke

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