Monday, August 17, 2009


Getting up before the dawn is such a pleasure, I told my early-bird dog a bit sarcastically this morning. In a way, I guess I meant it.
The pre-dawn morning was warm; the cicada were softening their song. The morning star was huge and brilliant. The moon was in its final phase, looking like a woman's ring, with slender crescent where the gem would be, and outlined all around by a slender ring of silvery gold.
Apparently as I admired the sky, I fell asleep on the porch chair, and when I awoke, the sun was edging up over the eastern hill of my valley and my garden flowers absolutely glowed in the morning light.
Poor dog. He was sleeping uncomfortably in front of the door on a mat much too small for his big, clumsy, aging body.
R.A.T. (Rose About Town) headed for the coffee-maker.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


The Northwesterner (and former Northeast Ohioan) who follows this blog and asked me for a "lightning bug" story, sends the following info, worth sharing:

"If you live in the United States, west of about the middle of Kansas, you are not apt to have the flashing type of fireflies in your area. Although some isolated sightings of luminous fireflies have been reported from time to time from regions of the western U.S., fireflies that glow (and flash) are typically not found west of Kansas. The reason for this phenomenon is not known.
"Many firefly species tend to be found around water such as ponds, streams, marshes or even depressions, ditches, etc., that may retain moisture longer than surrounding areas. However, fireflies are also found in very dry regions of the world as well."

Thanks to you for that info. Do the rest of you have firefly info, legends, stories, questions, etc. to share? Contact R.A.T. (Rose About Town) at