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June, Front Porches, and Missing Martians

On this first day of June, I am rerunning a post from four years ago, the last day of June. June is one of my favorite months and there’s a lot of quoted material in this post that sums it up better than I could. Raise a glass to June…enjoy.

Author S. Smith

“Gardening is the handiest excuse for being a philosopher.”–Ray Bradbury  (Dandelion Wine)

I picked up a copy of Dandelion Wine the day I heard Ray Bradbury died.  How fitting he should leave us on a day early in June.

I love Fahrenheit 451, and read it every ten or fifteen years to see how many more things from his imagination have come to pass, but I’d never read Dandelion Wine.  In truth, I was searching for the Martian Chronicles, which I’d had a vague recollection of reading in junior high.

But what I got was Dandelion Wine.  That evening I sat in my white wicker rocking chair, surrounded by red geraniums on my front porch, a glass of iced tea beside me and read:

Hold summer in your hand, pour summer in a glass, a tiny glass of course, the smallest tingling sip for children, change the season…

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