For today’s post, I’m going off the map a bit.  Usually, I blog about things that are mystery-related or somehow deal with day-to-day life in a historical time period, especially the 19th century.  And I love those topics.

However, Summer has burst forth, in all her growth, fertility, and beauty.  She’s just begging for attention from us all.  As Alice Walker wrote, in The Color Purple:

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it…. People think pleasing God is all God care about.  But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.”

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Not a purple field, but worth taking a moment to appreciate…

Here’s what nature’s summer bounty has inspired these folks to do:

Writer Tiffany A. White travels to a gorgeous locale:  “Paradise in the Florida Keys”

Kim Stenberg, a landscape/still life painter, does a painting of a favorite vacation spot:  “By the Lake”

CORRECTION:  “Birding on the Fourth of July” is actually from the blog of Daniel Huber (known on Twitter as @docforestal), self-described birder and “naturalist wannabe.”  So sorry about that, Dan – your pics and blog are amazing!  And thanks to Steve Creek, professional nature photographer, who has a blog of his own where you can see his terrific pics:  Steve Creek Outdoors.

Writer/gardener/oceanographer Danielle Meitiv stops to smell the fennel (and other herbs in her garden):  “Feral Dill and Other Essential Herbs

Writer, tech guru, and now mad gardener Jenny Hansen rhapsodizes over her zucchini production:  “Mad Love for My Zucchini”

Jess Witkins, writer, decides to make a strawberry tart (against her better judgment):  “Miss Scarlett in the Kitchen with the Butcher Knife”

Ever want to make your own ice cream?  Mystery writer Wendy Lyn Watson, at the Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, has a terrific recipe:  Raspberry Cheesecake Sundaes


So, what are you up to that says “summer” for you?  I’d love to hear about it!

Until next time,


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