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When the lilies were still in bloom a month ago, I went counting lily blossoms every day.  I knew that my practice had almost no socially redeeming value. I knew that no one else cared  about the number of lily blossoms in my yard, and that the actual number did not interest me so much as the counting itself.

I recorded the results of counting in my daybook, but  the record did not support theories of climate change. In fact, it supported nothing at all.

So why did I do it, really?  

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The United Nations estimates that world population will increase to 11 billion by the end of the century. UD professor Bob Brecha is thinking how population and sustainability are related and bring us this commentary.

When I was born, world population was less than half what it is today.  I think it’s clear that one reason we’ve started talking about sustainability at all is that the large human population is placing a lot of stress on ecosystems and natural resources.

Runway Fest is Friday, from 6-10pm and it includes aircraft static displays, airplane rides, inflatables, food vendors, hot air balloons, face-painting, and it is capped off with fireworks at 9:30pm.

Now in its 34th year, the Germanfest Picnic is a  celebration of the Miami Valley's rich German heritage. It is at RiverScape MetroPark and will feature the great food, the great beverages, and entertainment. It is tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

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The Perseid meteors bring starfall to the northeastern portion of the sky on the nights of August 12 and 13, and the arrival of those shooting stars marks high tide of the Dog Days. Rising out of winter’s Taurus and Orion, they cut across Perseus and Andromeda, Cassiopeia and Pegasus, piercing the illusion of endless summer.

Throughout the countryside, Queen Anne's lace, chicory, goldenrod, Joe Pye weed, sundrops, bull thistles, mustard, black-eyed Susans, wingstem, mullein and ironweed arein full bloom along the roads.  Soybeans are deep green, corn lush.

This evening in Downtown Dayton is Art in the City. It is a celebration of Dayton's rich collection of visual and performing artists. If you go to the K12 Gallery they will be installing a giant yarn bomb to cover 7 blocks and there will be "creation stations", artist demonstrations and other interactive booths for everyone to enjoy!

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Crows are usually silent during their mating time and the time they raise their young. Now, the fledglings are almost grown, and the crows come back together in flocks, and they begin to converse near my house before sunrise.

The singing of robins and cardinals grace the spring and early summer, but as middle summer warms, the songs of those birds grow quiet. The crows, though, are the most faithful morning sky-talkers throughout the late summer, fall and winter.

The Summer Restaurant Week is wrapping up Sunday and it is offering meals from nearly 50 restaurants across the Dayton area.

A true cult classic and an all-time favorite films, CLUE, has everything - murder, comedy, intrigue - all leading up to an ending (Or two? Or three?). This is at the  Victoria Theatre, tonight & Saturday at 7pm & Sunday, 3pm.  

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This past spring, I walked, an ancient pilgrimage route in northern Spain. Many of the simple lessons I had learned prior to my trek resurfaced as I went along.  For example, I relearned:

Walking slowly matters.  Anywhere is as good as somewhere. Home is where you choose it to be. Truth comes from the ground up. The horizon is the place to be. Distance is physiology. Nothing is ever the same. Motion is the great teacher. The path ahead is the great teacher.

Now that I have returned home, I relearn other basic lessons, like….

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Today sustainability commentator Bob Brecha tackles a thorny question: how much energy does it take to make wind turbines and solar panels.

Here’s a scary thought: What if all the effort being put into new wind turbines and solar panels is a waste of time and money because they don’t create as much energy as it takes to build and install them.  And because of that, maybe they don’t help reduce greenhouse gas emissions either. 

Earlier this week Google began experimenting with a new interest curation app that aims to compete with Facebook.  Commentator Rebecca Rine has been thinking about her relationship with that social network.

The other day I was looking at my list of Facebook friends and wondered: If I died tomorrow, how many of them would actually come to the funeral? The truth is, most of them would not, and would, in fact, post about it the next day on Facebook: “OMG, did you hear about what happened to Rebecca?”

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