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Wrecked aircraft flown by Richtofen April 21, 1918
Dan Patterson Archival Collection

100 years ago this month, an aerial battle took place which has passed into legend. The story of two pilots whose flight paths literally crossed over the battlefield, Canadian Arthur Roy Brown and Manfred von Richtofen, the Red Knight of Germany.  Aviation commentator Dan Patterson has the story.

This is the story of Manfred and Roy, two pilots from different backgrounds.  One was the son of an elite German military family; the other was a middle class young man who enlisted when the British Empire went to war.

clock face
Christian Reichert / Flickr Creative Commons

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”).

A Used Library Furniture Sale with items individually priced, garage sale style, or best offer accepted at the first floor of the Dayton Metro Library Operations Center (formerly the Temporary Main Library), 120 S. Patterson Boulevard. Saturday, 10am - 4pm and Sunday, 1-4pm.

American toad
Courtney Celley/USFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

The Golding Goldfinch Moon wanes throughout the week, becoming the new Swarming Termite Moon on April 15. And as daffodils and tulips come to bloom and the pale winter feathers of goldfinches turn gold, it is not uncommon to see swarms of ant-like creatures (termites) flying in search of new breeding and feeding grounds. When termites swarm, carpenter bees emerge to invade home siding and eaves, usually returning to the same places they were the year before, drilling and making nests, often leaving telltale piles of sawdust as signs of their activity.

Comic Book Studio Day returns to Rosewood Arts Center this weekend.
Rosewood Arts Center

The Comic Book Studio Day is back! Rosewood Arts Centre is once again partnering with the Gem City Comic Con to present the annual Comic Book Studio Day. This series of 90-minute workshops, led by professional illustrators and writers, teach you the basics of comic book creation. Saturday, 9am to  3pm.

morel mushroom
Ziggy Liloia / Flickr Creative Commons

The Golding Goldfinch Moon weakens and wanes throughout the week, reaching benign apogee (its position farthest from Earth) and entering its final phase on April 8. Rising at night and setting in the morning, this Moon is still round enough to light the predawn sky.

Dayton History: The art modern-style carillon tower was built in 1942, funded by Edward Deeds' wife Edith Walton Deeds and was des
courtesy of Dayton History

The 77th Annual Easter Sunrise Service is Carillon Historical Park's oldest event. In fair weather and foul, during triumphant and trying times, people from all walks of life have gathered at Deeds Carillon in this early morning Easter light for this powerful display of faith. There is no cost and bring a chair or blanket. Sunday, 6:30am.

closeup of crabapple buds
Andrew Fogg / Flickr Creative Commons

This week marks the arrival of Middle Spring, a four-week period during which almost all the field crops are planted and gardeners set out onion sets, broccoli, cabbage, collards and kale.

The Golding Goldfinch Moon is full on March 31. This is the second Blue Moon (that is, the second full Moon in a single month) of 2018. Rising in the evening and setting in the morning, this Moon brightens the night sky wildflower walks in the dark.

The Dayton International Peace Museum's Bizarre Bazaar is on Saturday from 9am to 5pm in Holbrooke Hall which is just behind the Dayton International Peace Museum. $50. Baked items also available.

8mitsu / Flickr Creative Commons

So much is happening, it’s hard to even imagine it all. Equinox occurs  at 11:15 a.m. on March 20 and the Sun enters the Middle Spring sign of  Aries on March 21. The Golding Goldfinch Moon, slowly turning the feathers of goldfinches gold, enters its second phase on March 24 and reaches perigee, its powerful position closest to earth on the March 26.

When you get up before dawn to exercise, do chores or listen to birds, find giant Jupiter along the southern horizon in Libra. Walk with Venus in the far west after sundown.

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