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Monday, July 06, 2015 9:06 AM

It has always seemed to me that every year I mentally note that summer is almost here when Memorial Day rolls around. June doesn’t move by very quickly — and neither do I — but nonetheless it does disappear. Suddenly, it is the Fourth of July, and I realize before I can really get a handle on it, Labor Day will arrive. Usually, this happens whether it has been a good summer so far or not.

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    A story I wrote recently about a volunteer group now forming, the Friends of the Root River, brought the whole watershed of the river into focus. A multi-agency effort called One Watershed, One Plan does the same thing.

     
  • It has always seemed to me that every year I mentally note that summer is almost here when Memorial Day rolls around. June doesn’t move by very quickly — and neither do I — but nonetheless it does disappear. Suddenly, it is the Fourth of July, and I realize before I can really get a handle on it, Labor Day will arrive. Usually, this happens whether it has been a good summer so far or not.

     
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    I was up early every morning, but my weariness was easily overcome by awe. I was at the Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival headquartered in Carrington, N.D. It’s an amazing celebration of nature.

     
  • Bookworm Sez: This ‘something blue’ book will make newlyweds smile
     

    May flowers, they say, bring June brides — and July and August — and, well, your mailbox is filled with invitations this summer. Bottom line, what do you give to the newlyweds who have everything? How about “The Marriage Book” by Lisa Grunwald and Stephen Adler?

     
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    I’ve been staring at my computer screen for about a half hour, trying to come up with some entertaining story, some piece of wisdom or even words of nonsense that could at least fill the page.

     
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    You see something, or hear something, or read something that touches your very core. Before you can try to stop them, a torrent of tears start spilling from your eyes.

     
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    The sweet songs of birds greeted me. The chatterbox of the group was a house wren.

     
  • Recently the media, both print and broadcast, has been reminiscing and waxing fondly about summer reading. Everyone talks about his or her favorite books for summer reading, be it at the beach or in a porch swing or deck chair.

     
  • Bookworm Sez: One boy’s bike becomes another child’s treasure
     

    You’ve outgrown most of your summer clothes, in fact, and you’ve given them away. You can’t wear them anymore, so someone else may as well use them. But clothing isn’t the only thing you can hand-me-down. In the new book “The Red Bicycle” by Jude Isabella, illustrated by Simone Shin, one boy’s outgrown bike becomes another child’s treasure.

     
  • I love flowers. Pink roses are my favorite, but after battling the rabbits in my yard for years, I’ve given up trying to grow them. Well, honestly, the rabbits weren’t the only problem, I’m afraid my lack of any gardening talents may have also contributed to their demise.

     
  • Pursuing happiness is not at all the same as being happy, which is a fleeting feeling dependent on momentary circumstances. If the sun is shining, by all means bask in it. Happy times are great and often fun-filled, but happy times pass, because time passes. This is something we often resist, which results in us alienating ourselves and everyone around us.

     
  • Northwestern Nebraska is a spectacular place to me. The area around Crawford encompasses a singular beauty with sharp bluffs, buttes, hills, forests and small lakes. It’s a far cry from the oft-maligned flatlands near Interstate 80.

     
  • David Abramson of Meadowlands told me he drove their motorhome while his wife, Helen, knitted in the passenger seat. He explained that he had to drive. He had never learned how to knit.

     
  • Bookworm Sez: Book about real-life pirate  is a treasured literary find

    The hole you dug as a kid would never reach China.

     
  • In the unending task of sorting old papers, I was elated to find the syllabus from one of my favorite undergraduate college courses. This was titled Advanced Expository Writing and the professor was a real taskmaster. 
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