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In matters of global economics, the concepts of millions and billions and trillions seem disconnected from day-to-day budgeting. Who knows, I wonder, what all those zeros at the end of whole numbers really mean

As I watch the season progress, I realize that my sense of numbers in the world around me is equally as confused. In the middle of May, the hundred days of summer feel like a zillion days to me. My body senses a limitless promise in that span of time.

On Saturday at St. Anne's Hill Historic District you can stroll the neighborhood and hear local music at the first of what will be an annual festival celebrating the quality and diversity of the Dayton music scene. It starts at 3:30 PM…And at 4pm at 1436 East 4th Street you can hear two accordion guys playing on the porch.

On your facebook go to DaytonPorchfest

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I settled in to watch like I used to do when I went fishing. I used to sit for hours then,  focused on my bobber and fingering the tension on my line. The bites or strikes were signs that I had understood something of the river’s mystery and its creatures.

courtesy of Dayton History

The Great Dayton Adventure Race is tonight. The race will take you to all corners of the downtown area, and you are sure to discover new things about our city! You will navigate the city with a map, answering the questions and performing tasks on the clue sheet in this action-packed adventure. 

Let's Clear the Shelters and give a home to animals at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. On Saturday they are during their NAME YOUR OWN PRICE Adoption Event! This is Noon to 4 pm.

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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!

Crow
Lucinda M / Flickr Creative Commons

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.

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