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In the course of my almanack record keeping, I have found that soil temperatures generally follow the normal average air temperatures within maybe ten degrees. But in the spring, the ground often lags behind the weather, remaining cold, and causing considerable anguish to the farmer and gardener.

For example, if your beans go in before the earth is warm enough, they rot where you lay them. “Nothing sprouts,” says the ancient Greek sage, Theophrastus, “before its proper time.” At least I think he said something like that…..

The Washington-Centerville Library Book Sale has thousands of hardback and paperback books for all ages, movies, CDs and more. Today until 9 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Centerville Library, 111 W. Spring Valley Rd.

Run For the Health of It  is a 5K or a 10K on Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Dayton's literacy and wellness programs for children and their families in Montgomery County.

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Cross-Quarter Day is April 21, a day before Earth Day this year, the day on which the sun reaches halfway between equinox and solstice, and enters the late spring sign of Taurus. Now the meager inventories of change that characterized equinox quickly fill with new details each day. The floral and faunal fragments of the season multiply, literally filling in the space of Earth with tangible, visible clockwork.

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Unveiled: A Cabaret Dayton is hosted by INNOVAtheatre, and this is on Saturday from 6  to 10 PM at MJ's on 20 N Jefferson St, in downtown Dayton.

And also on Saturday at 6pm is a show at The Victoria Theatre called In Between. It’s about a little five year old girl who tragically lost her memory and struggled to live while refusing to die.

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The older I become, the more I am aware of the sources of my moods, the more I see the almost deciduous nature of my emotions, the clear and critical relationship between the outside world, the passage of the seasons, and my mind.

I've found that my self is somehow loose, unanchored, and that it continually needs an abundance of landmarks and time tellers, needs colors, and aromas, and textures over and over in order to find meaning, orientation, and place.

The TEJAS Gallery is opening The Millennial Show tonight from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This is a juried exhibition featuring artwork created by 20 local Generation Y era artists. Light refreshments, drinks and the artist panel discussion is from 7 to 8.

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“I believe,” wrote the poet Robinson Jeffers,  “that the universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole….”

Under the spell of middle spring, it is not so difficult to feel part of that one being, to sense that we express its energy and hope. Because this  is the week of pale violets in the lawn and vast patches of dandelions along the roadsides.

A Paul Laurence Dunbar Documentary film is scheduled on Saturday at the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center. The first screening will begin at 1:00 PM and the second at 4:00 PM. The film is approximately two hours long and has no cost but due to limited seating, an RSVP is requested. And the film producers will be there to talk about it.

DCDC2, is doing About Being, which presents new work with the idea of the story circle where people come together and share stories. The dance artists tell their stories through memories, voices, and perspectives to reflect identity and revisit the question of self-definition and its relation to the world. This is tonight and Saturday, 8pm at UD's Boll Theatre Kennedy Union.

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Recent events have unnerved me and pulled me just a little out of my lazy spring fever. It seems very clear that the global environment will be challenged more than ever during the years ahead.

Well, I attempt to begin to respond: I return to Gary Snyder’s poem, “For the Children", and his admonition to stay together, to learn the flowers and to go light.

So I have learned a lot of flowers in the past decades of my life. I start there. I see that floral taxonomy is not so much a matter of botany as it is a result of noticing, of watching, of caring.

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