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Heat Wave

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“Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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In spite of Reuters report of, “… six consecutive days of temperatures at 90 degrees or higher in the Twin Cities …” Minnesotans know that cold & snow are truly right around the corner …

As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one way to handle a heat wave like this — EMBRACE & CELEBRATE SUMMER TO THE FULLEST!

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“To dig one’s own spade into one’s own earth!  Has life anything better to offer than this?” ~ Beverley Nichols

 

 

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“Earth laughs in flower.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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As for the likes of me, well, I believe “… a sure way to restore a sense of innocent wonder is to go on a picnic — in a shady lane or a park, by a lake, on a riverbank or a hillside.  Some place where it’s green and leafy,” as suggested by Sarah Ban Breathnach in her charming book Romancing the Ordinary. 

The shade of my picnic wood is a surprisingly comfortable respite from the sweltering heat. I could lay on this blanket and read all afternoon. Just like I did when I was a kid.

Every Summer of my ‘tween and early teen years was filled with books on blankets: My Sweet Charlie, Paper Moon, Summer of My German Soldier, Summer of ‘42

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“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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My mind lazily rolls through iconic Summer stories, songs and images — This song haunts my Summer memories and reminisces:

 

 

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“If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?”

~ Stephen Wright

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In spite of the fact that Mr. C is now accusing me of “going all ethnic on you” I have to tell you that Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989) is the iconic flick that SCREAMS Summer heat to me…

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Finally, if all these romantic reflections on Summer haven’t convinced you to cheerfully embrace the sizzle of the season, then you may find solace in the future — air-conditioned clothing is on the way from Japan:

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“What dreadful hot weather we have!  It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.” ~ Jane Austen

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Now it’s your turn.  How are you holding up in the current heat wave?  Are you embracing & celebrating Summer in your own special ways?  What are your favorite HOT books, songs, movies, memories?  Share your sizzling ideas and comments Winking smile          

32 thoughts on “Heat Wave”

  1. It’s Hot!
    By Shel Silverstein

    It’s hot!
    I can’t get cool,
    I’ve drunk a quart of lemonade,
    I think I’ll take my shoes off
    And sit around in the shade.
    It’s hot!
    My back is sticky,
    The sweat rolls down my chin.
    I think I’ll take my clothes off
    And sit around in my skin.
    It’s hot!
    I’ve tried with ‘lectric fans,
    And pools and ice cream cones.
    I think I’ll take my skin off
    And sit around in my bones.
    It’s still hot!

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