First Day of Summer

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First Day of Summer – 21 June 2007

Today is one of those beautiful June days that James Russell Lowell probably had in mind when he wrote June (First line: “And what is so rare as a day in June?”)*

Frank and I took a long walk in the morning. Among the wildflowers we saw were daisies, white sweet clover, yellow sweet clover, foxglove, curled dock, birdsfoot trefoil, black-eyed Susan, fleabane, crown vetch, chicory, milkweed, and wild parsnip (which we didn’t touch!).

We’re happy to see that a red-headed woodpecker has become a daily visitor to the trees in our yard, joining several other birds, as well as the squirrels. They love the mulberries and the cottonwood seeds!

*For the complete text of James Russell Lowell’s poem, see: 

For more information about wildflowers, with photos, see: 

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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