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Poor Will's Miami Valley Almanack

Poor Will's Miami Valley Almanack


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Poor Will's Almanack: June 19 - 25, 2018

These are the longest days of the year, and Thursday the 21st is solstice, the peak of the solar tide, splitting Earth time in two, the Sun leaving Early Summer and Gemini, entering Deep Summer and Cancer. Obscured by daylight, the consellations that accompany the sign of Cancer during the day include Orion in the middle of the southern sky at noon, the potent Dog Star, Sirius, low behind him. Pisces lies in the west, Leo in the east, Draco in the north. Even though these stargroups may be

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

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

Poor Will's Almanack: June 5 - 11, 2018

By this moment in the year, when the Gemini Sun has almost completed its ascent to solstice...so many things are happening all around us...and we are, in a way, what we experience. And so here is our horoscope: White-spotted skippers, tiger swallowtails and red admirals sample the garden. Roses flower in the dooryards. Yucca stalks are big and tall. May apples have fruit the size of a cherry. Foxtail grass ripples by the side of the road. Shy scarlet pimpernel opens off the pathways. Bindweeds

Poor Will's Almanack: May 29 - June 4, 2018

The Daddy Longlegs Moon becomes totally full as it rises at dusk today. passing overhead throughout the night, cooling the evenings but still inviting walks and courting and memories in its light. As the Moon comes up shining in the east, Venus offers counterpoint as the giant evening star in the far west, and Jupiter, in Libra along the southern tree line, balances Polaris in the north. Under this Gemini sky, after peonies come in and the flowers of the yellow poplar open, past the decline of

Poor Will's Almanack: May 22 - 28, 2018

The Sun climbs past a declination of 21 degrees 54 minutes by the end of May, a little more than 90 percent of the way to solstice. These are the longest days of the year – the highest solar tide on Earth The Sun entered the Early Summer sign of Gemini on May 20, and when the Sun reaches that constellation, then blackberries are flowering, and the last of the leaves come out for summer. Wild strawberries wander though the purple ground ivy and the sticky catchweed. Wild iris blooms in the

Poor Will's Almanack: May 15 - 21, 2018

The Swarming Termite Moon, becoming the Daddy Longlegs Moon on today, May 15 at 6:47 a.m., waxes throughout the week ahead, reaching powerful perigee (its position closest to Earth) on May 17. Under the new and potent Daddy Longlegs Moon, the season of Late Spring deepens and, of course, daddy longlegs begin hunting in the undergrowth. Delicate damselflies hover in the swamps. Buckeyes and lilacs and garlic mustard come into full bloom. Yellow wood sorrel blossoms in the yard, daisies in the

Poor Will's Almanack: May 8 - 14, 2018

My furnace is in the attic of my house, a place that is always warm in the coldest weather. During the later winter and early spring, I plant seeds under grow lights there: geraniums, petunias, castor beans, calla lilies, bananas, dahlias. The warmth of the lights and the air helps them to sprout, and the spring green of their leaves always makes me feel good. Last year when I did my attic gardening, I found a stink bug crawling around on the table where I do my planting. I had heard very bad

Poor Will's Almanack: May 1 - 7, 2018

Middle Spring cedes to Late Spring, and under the closing canopy and the Eta Aquarid shooting stars: the wild phlox are purple and the swamp ragwort is gold. May apples and spring cress flower. Wild ginger, meadow rue, bellwort, bluets, Jack-in-the pulpit, nodding trillium, larkspur and thyme-leafed speedwell are still blossoming. The sticky catchweed replaces chickweed. Thyme and horseradish open in the herb garden. Lily-of-the-valley and star of Bethlehem push out from their buds. But if a

Poor Will's Almanack: April 24 - 30, 2018

When the Sun comes into Taurus, then it is Late Spring almost everwhere along the 40th Parallel. Even though the chill of the full Swarming Termite Moon increases the likelihood of frost, chances for a high above 70s degrees are now 50/50 or better for the first time this year all across the nation's midsection. The season of Late Spring usually has five gentle cool fronts that occur from the end of April until the end of May. Most spring woodland flowers complete their bloom during this time,

Poor Will's Almanack: April 17 - 23, 2018

Keeping a notebook of what happens every day in the small world around me, I often think about the cyclical quality of events in nature. The repeating quality of the sky and the landscape, is something similar to what sociologist Charles Taylor describes, in his book, A Secular Age, as "Higher Time" (as opposed to linear, "Secular Time"). In Secular Time, things happen in sequence, and the past always recedes like an expanding universe, and when something is past, it's past. Higher Time, on the

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