Archive for July 2013

Moonflowers---Beauties of Summer Nights

Moonflowers---Beauties of Summer Nights
The short summer nights are starting to get longer, again, and the chorus of dog-day cicadas joins the  fireflies.  Farmers’ markets are ripe with tomatoes, corn and green beans. School supplies fill the aisles at Walgreens. Now, too, the moonflowers unfurl in their evening glory, white flowers in moonlight, beauties of the night garden. Moonflowers... Read more »

Sirius, Star of the Dog Days

Sirius, Star of the Dog Days
Sirius the Dog Star is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (the Great Dog). You can find it  on winter and spring evenings, as the faithful companion of  Orion the Hunter on his journey through the sky. It is also the star of the dog days—the sweltering days of July and August, the... Read more »

An Afternoon at the Museum

Hello, and welcome to Chicago. Right now, it’s the opposite of January, but  don’t let the heat wave deter you. This is a great time to visit. What a pretty dress, is that seersucker?  Oh, I love your espadrilles! So, where are you staying, the Palmer House?  Why, that’s right downtown.  You can get anywhere... Read more »
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Keep Cool without A/C

Keep Cool without A/C
When it’s hot out, how do you keep your cool?  Do you  turn on the air-conditioner without giving it a thought?  Oh, I know it’s like a necessity, almost.  I mean, air-conditioning is everywhere– stores, office buildings, restaurants, movie theatres.  How can we live without it? I’m not suggesting going a/c free, but maybe we... Read more »

West Nile Virus is Back in Town

After the rain, mosquitoes! West Nile virus is back. June 28, 2013—The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has confirmed the first West Nile virus positive mosquito batch in the City for 2013. June 3, 2013—The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported the first positive sample identified in Illinois this year in Hillside, in Cook... Read more »

Summer Shoes? Think Espadrilles!

Summer Shoes? Think Espadrilles!
Looking for wonderful summer shoes?  Think espadrilles! This classic, like blue jeans, comes in so many versions, one of them could be just what you’re looking for. Like sneakers, they are usually made of fabric, casual and  unpretentious. But espadrilles have a certain style, perhaps it’s the rope that gives them a more cosmopolitan edge.... Read more »
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Daylilies--Flowers of Summer Days

Daylilies--Flowers of Summer Days
Now it’s July, and the daylilies are blooming. Don’t mistake them for the asiatic lilies, the fragrant stargazers of elegant bouquets. Daylilies are more common plants. They grow everywhere, like grass. You can see them in planters, or edging formal gardens, but they are just as much at home in alleys, vacant lots and roadsides.... Read more »