Independence Day, fireflies, thunderstorms

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Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, July 4, 2017

fireflies

A moon-flooded prairie; a straying 
Of leal-hearted lovers; a baying 
Of far away watching dogs; a dreaming 
Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming 
Of fireflies eddying nigh, —
And that is July
!

–James N. Matthews(1852–1910)

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