We are in the Dog Days of summer here in Pennsylvania — so named because late summer is usually filled with hot and sultry days. Growing up in a pet filled household, I always thought that the Dog Days were so named because our pets would sulk and mope in the heat. Nope — there’s a different history to the name — or at least Wikipedia says so!
But the weather has been pleasant and the nights have been cool. Other people may complain about this weather — but I love it! I’m not a hot weather person at all.
So, it’s that time of year, and I won’t dwell on what I got done and didn’t get done this past summer. Instead, I’m looking forward to the remaining days of my summer vacation and then, moving on to my Fall Semester. Besides teaching a course I haven’t taught in over seven years (Newswriting and Editing), I have other projects lined up! I will be teaching another fiction writing course at our local library, and I also will be giving a brief talk about poetic form to a group of local high school teachers.
And yes, I left a messy office behind in May, so I need to clean and get organized. (Although, anyone who knows me will realize that this organization will last only about a month!)