Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Season

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Gary Schmidt, Susan M. Felch
SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2007 - Nature - 257 pages
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?Summer has gone by so fast, ? we often say?the only season for which we say that. Summer does seem to make us keenly aware of time. In our vacations we step out of time. Watching our gardens, we see the progress of time. Seeing the geese come honking back, we are aware of the passing of time. In essays, poems and meditations organized around themes of time and our responses to it, twenty-five writers consider summer and its spiritual meanings. Contributors include Anne LaMott, Luci Shaw, Ray Bradbury, Mary Gordon, Richard Selzer, Thomas Lynch, Celia Thaxter, Robert Clark, Michael Pollan, Francis Bacon, Jim Heynen and Emily Dickinson.
 

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One of a four-book series with lovely illustrations and selections that will help you live in the moment of summer. One to return to year after year. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
3
A Prayer
7
From Dandelion Wine
9
Camp Food
13
Accepting Blood and Yellow
17
The Circling Hand from Annie John
20
A Piece of Chalk From Tremendous Trifles
26
Meadow Thoughts From the Life in the Fields
31
The Declaration of Independence
124
What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?
130
On Our BirthdayAmerica as Idea
135
Psalm 132
139
Eggplant Spread
140
Introduction
143
A Prayer
147
Raspberries and Summer road remembered
149

Reading the Book of Hills and Seas
37
Some Thoughts on Faith
39
Psalm 100
45
Mixed Greens and Walnuts
46
Introduction
49
A Prayer
53
A Gathering of Farming Poems
55
A Busy Happy Summer From Letters of a Woman Homesteader
59
Three Days from The Solace of Open Spaces
64
The Summer of Black Widows
71
A Gardeners Education
74
A Gathering of Gardening Poems
82
Toenails from Letters to a Young Doctor
86
Psalm 65
93
Mary Anns Spicy Herb Dip
94
Introduction
97
A Prayer
101
The Oak Grove Imbroglio from Bodies in Motion and at Rest
103
Bright Hope
110
A Gathering of Poems
119
Selections from Specimen Days
152
A Fencerail Fancy from In Natures Realm
158
A Gathering of Poems from Around the World
163
From Among the Isles of Shoals
169
Selections from Psalm 104
176
African Squash and Yams
178
Introduction
181
A Prayer
185
On Swamps Bogs and Human Imagination
187
The Backward View from The Country of the Pointed Firs
197
A Genealogy of Doubt and Faith
199
From the Way to Rainy Mountain
214
Selections from The Summer of the GreatGrandmother
222
A GATHERING OF SUMMER POEMS
228
Silence from Virgin Time
233
Psalm 91
242
Acknowledgments
245
Notes
251
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Gary Schmidt and Susan M. Felch teach literature at Calvin College and are coeditors of the A Spiritual Biography of the Season series, which also includes Winter, Autumn and Spring (all SkyLight Paths).

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