Letter from The Publisher
Hey Chicago, it’s June! And after a crazy spring that just couldn’t seem to shake the winter grays and chill, let’s roll out the welcome mat and greet the summer. Perhaps the temperatures are still not quite what we expect and the lake is a tad chilly, but it’s great to be here again! June is a month of possibility and the summer stretches out ahead of us, with evenings outside, casual meals, extra time with friends or family, weekend plans and perhaps a slower approach to our daily lives.
If you follow my letter each month, you know I love any excuse I can find to step outside and reconnect with the world beyond the walls of my office and the keyboard. Of course, many of us spend the bulk of our daytime hours working, focused on our jobs and daily tasks and responsibilities. Yet, starting today, I’d like to extend a mutual goal to savor, be thankful and revel in the fleeting season of summer. Make the most of your outside time each day, no matter if it’s an afternoon off, a quick walk from your car to the office or a trip to the grocery store.
We’re now in that glorious month when the days are still getting longer. The first colors of dawn stretch over Lake Michigan’s waters in the wee hours of the morning, and the final wisps of sunset linger on past 9 p.m. Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, it’s a magical time. Make it a point to observe a sunrise or sunset, and the activity happening around you. City, suburbs or rural, no month matches June’s unfolding sensory experiences.
While the colorful migration of spring birds has already flown through, the days are still bookended by the songs of robins, cardinals, wrens, finches and our other summer resident birds busily raising their families. Although the cool, damp spring wasn’t favorable to getting an early start on planting my summer veggies (definitely a June tomato planting year), many of the late spring bulbs, trillium, bluebells and other perennial flowers have bloomed on in an amazing display, while the ferns and greenery have slowly grown into a lush background.
This year, try to capture new memories and write fresh personal stories. Find any reason to step away from your daily routine for a quick blast of summer. If you can, visit the lake, picnic at a park or forest preserve or put your hands into the garden dirt. Dance in the warm rain. Sit on the steps in early June and whistle your reply to a robin’s evening song. Watch the fireflies. Run through a sprinkler. Stay out really late on the longest day of the year. Renew your spirit and refresh your soul.
I leave you with daydreams of the coming summer. Send us a note at Editor@NAChicago.com to share your summer stories. And be sure to follow us on Facebook (@Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine), Twitter and Instagram (@NAChicago).
Happy Father’s Day and Happy Summer Solstice!