How I Coped with Summer

I'm Abbie Johnson Taylor, and I wrote this post.     Now that fall has come, I reflect back to “those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,” and as the song says, I wish we could just stay in that season. Like most, this past summer went by way too fast. It wasn’t as long … Continue reading How I Coped with Summer


Summer Strawberries by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Author Abbie Johnson Taylor I love to eat them year round, not just during the hottest months. When my late husband Bill was alive, he would buy them fresh, rinse them in cold water, remove stems, slice into bite-sized pieces with a sharp knife, then sprinkle with sugar and serve warm over ready-made angel food … Continue reading Summer Strawberries by Abbie Johnson Taylor

School Sounds Good

This post by Jennifer Flaten Normally we have the kids enrolled in a summer school program. It helps keep them active and it gives me a little break from them during the long days of summer. This year the girls are taking a 6 week credit gym class. This means they can get their gym … Continue reading School Sounds Good

Summer Poetry and Music

  This Post by Abbie Johnson Taylor The following poem appears in the spring/summer issue of Magnets and Ladders. To hear me read it and sing two songs I associate with summer, click here. *** SUMMER HEAT   Warmth ushers in flowers' fragrance, new-mown grass, steak on a barbecue, happy cries of children, thud of … Continue reading Summer Poetry and Music

Summer Time Is Here!

    This post is by Joe Stephens                 I checked out at 11:05 today and, from that moment until August 9, I am a free man. Well, except for the week I go to the AP reading in Louisville. And I'm excited to be visiting family in … Continue reading Summer Time Is Here!

Almost Summer

This post by Jennifer Flaten In the doldrums of winter it seems like summer vacation will never arrive, but once it’s May 15th all you can see is the end of the school year bearing down on you like a runaway truck. While I am thrilled at the prospect of NOT having school for 2.5 … Continue reading Almost Summer

Summers Over

By S. J. Brown Many people mourn the passing of summer, not me. During the hot days of summer I photograph very little. The critters hide deep in the woods to find shelter from the heat. Those that are accessible are not in the mood to pose for me. Of course there are some exceptions … Continue reading Summers Over

Summer’s Over – Or Is It by Erin Farwell

I live in Georgia, where the summers are scorching and school starts in August. Yes, August. Fulton County schools started yesterday, the latest start for schools in our area. When my daughter was young, the start of the school year was difficult for both of us. All summer we had slept in, read, played, dinked … Continue reading Summer’s Over – Or Is It by Erin Farwell

Summer Memories

This post by Jennifer Flaten   Earlier today, I loaded the kids in the car for a trip to the pool. Unbeknownst to me, instead of waiting until we got to the pool they’d already slathered themselves with sunscreen in the living room.   I loaded my greasy minions into the car and we drove … Continue reading Summer Memories

Sensing the Seasons by Erin Farwell

One of my favorite smells of summer is the sheets that have been dried on the clothesline in the hot sun. Summer tastes of homemade raspberry pie, not the baked ones that many people make, by one with a baked crust filled with fresh berries and covered in a homemade glaze that sets when it chilled.