Bill Felker

Host - Poor Will's Almanack

Bill Felker has been writing nature columns and almanacs for regional and national publications since 1984. His Poor Will’s Almanack has appeared as an annual publication since 2003. His organization of weather patterns and phenology (what happens when in nature) offers a unique structure for understanding the repeating rhythms of the year.

Exploring everything from animal husbandry to phenology, Felker has become well known to farmers as well as urban readers throughout the country.  He is an occasional speaker on the environment at nature centers, churches and universities, and he has presented papers related to almanacking at academic conferences, as well. Felker has received three awards for his almanac writing from the Ohio Newspaper Association. "Better writing cannot be found in America's biggest papers," stated the judge on the occasion of Felker’s award in 2000.

Currently, Bill Felker lives with his wife in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He has two daughters, Jeni, who is a psychologist in Portland, Oregon, and Neysa, a photographer in Spoleto, Italy.

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8:40 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: August 28 - September 3, 2012

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Poor Will's Almanack for the fourth week of Late Summer.

Summer is an entire life of landscape, lush and complete like the body and soul of a person grown to sweet and successful maturity. Now I see it coming all undone, see how perfection can unravel so swiftly and deliberately.

Still... in the year’s symmetry and counterpoint, I tell myself, nothing really falls out of place: descent is as impeccable as ascent, renewal as clear as decay.

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8:35 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: August 21 - 27, 2012

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the third week of late summer

This week moves the earth halfway between June solstice and September equinox. It took two months to reach this point in the third quarter of the year; now summer stagnation suddenly falls apart, and the continent rushes toward autumn at twice the rate it did throughout July and middle August.

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8:45 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: August 14 - 20, 2012

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Poor Will's Almanack for the second week of late summer.

The local geese are becoming restless again. I heard their first late summer flights over July 25th this year. Some years they begin earlier: July 6th in 1986, July 20th in 1990. Some years I hear them later: July 30th in 1984, July 31st in 1992, August 11th in 1991.

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Nature
8:45 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: August 7 - 13, 2012

Katydid
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Poor Will’s Almanack for the first week of late summer.

Each piece of Middle Summer is connected to some other piece, forming a web of what author Rebecca Solnit has called local truths.

As late summer begins, all the katydids are singing. They call out the close of the Dog Days, and even though the heat often lingers, the rhythm of the season has shifted, its tones have been altered, colors and sounds and scents all pointing to fall.

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8:40 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: July 31 - August 6, 2012

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the final week of middle summer.

"Sit in your cell as in paradise," stated the 15th century monk St. Romauld. "Put the whole world behind you and forget it. Watch your thoughts like a good fisherman watching for fish. Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the grace of God, like the chick who tastes nothing and eats nothing but what his mother brings him."

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