in praise of June

June 8, 2009|Posted in: Uncategorized

I love June. School is out, the sun is out, everyone is happy…no, I’m kind of lying.

California in June — Northern Cali, the East Bay in particular — means FOG, overcast, bare patches of sun once in a while, and a cool wind. Not your typical bathing suit weather. My veggies won’t grow — too chilly. Not enough sunshine to make the tomatoes and squash grow wildly, as they should. It will happen by July, I’m sure — but for now, everything in the garden, except the weeds, seem stunted and sickly.

But school is out — temporarily. Out of 4 kids at home, three are going to summer school. They are not amused.

So is everyone happy? I guess that was a lie, too — I would prefer more sun, and that the kids could enjoy summer without studying, but that’s the breaks, chaps.

So, aside from my lies, June is wonderful and we’re all happy as little lamb chops. But really? Always grateful. Always glad to be here on the planet. Always happy to have my family around me. No real complaints. A few bleats now and again, but nothing worth griping over for long. Life is good. And so are lamb chops.

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Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning journalist, author, and blogger. She is the author of six books: three novels, one poetry collection, and two women's history. She was the Poet Laureate of Alameda, California, in 2014-17. She's also the conservatrix of The Doris Diaries, the diaries of her great-aunt Doris Bailey Murphy. She has a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University, and MA in Early 20th C. British Literature from Cal State Hayward. Julia's articles have appeared on Salon, Thrillist, Paste, Scary Mommy, Narratively, Yahoo News, Your Tango, and Sweatpants & Coffee. Her articles have also run in Redbook, Woman's Day, Country Living, House Beautiful, Town & Country, the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Magazine, Quill, and MadeLocal. She was the founding editor of weekly Alameda Sun and literary zine Red Hills Review. Her poetry has been in The East Bay Literary review, Postcard Poems, Americus Review, Cicada, Tiferet Review, and many others. Julia has been recognized several times by the San Francisco, East Bay and Peninsula Press Clubs as well as the California Newspaper Association for her blogging since 2003.

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