Signs That Summer Is Turning To Fall


Late summer--loud buzzing song during an afternoon of mowing the lawn. I look up and the singer is hanging on a narrow branch of the tulip tree.

Late summer–loud buzzing song during an afternoon of mowing the lawn. I look up and the singer is hanging on a narrow branch of the tulip tree.

The first editorial meeting for the MMU Times, the student newspaper at Mount Mercy University, was today.

Like an inevitable tide, it feels like fall is sweeping in. This week is Iowa Private College Week, a reminder, as if one were needed, that the next semester is basically two weeks away.

Sign in the Mount Mercy Sisters of Mercy U Center advertises 2015 Fall Faculty Series on the Vietnam War.

Sign in the Mount Mercy Sisters of Mercy U Center advertises 2015 Fall Faculty Series on the Vietnam War.

What happened to you, summer of 2015? In weather terms, you were mostly gorgeous, although you also blew in all kinds of tempests in my life. Still, where did the time go?

And yet, it was a thrill to see the students in the newsroom again today, eager young adults ready to take on the world and tell it like it is. An enthusiastic student news staff is an awesome thing, and a pretty good tonic for any regrets at the fading out of summer’s free time.

So I’m back on campus at least four days this week, and no doubt will be working more-or-less full time from now on. I know, I know, those of you with 9 to 5 full-time, year-round work are not exactly dripping with sympathy—although in my defense, 60-hour work weeks are bearing down on me soon enough.

Bee on a cone flower. Lots of these by the side walkway between my driveway and the gate to my back yard--lots of flowers and bees.

Bee on a cone flower. Lots of these by the side walkway between my driveway and the gate to my back yard–lots of flowers and bees.

The oddest thing to me about becoming a professor after a career in the “real world” is how uneven the academic sense of time is. June drifts by in a fog of recovery and resting and lazy days, July the drumbeat starts to pick up, and then, bam, August. And after August, the frantic rush and pressure of the school year.

Yes, I know, longer breaks are a perk of the academic life. But until you’ve taught full time and survive the frenzy of a finals week, you might want to reconsider how green the grass on the other side actually is.

And so, we are on the verge. A new school year dawns. Am I ready? Heck no. But I have a couple of weeks …

Not a spider, so don't freak out. It is a Daddy Long Legs on a marigold. Looks freaky, totally harmless unless your an aphid.

Not a spider, so don’t freak out. It is a Daddy Long Legs on a marigold. Looks freaky, totally harmless unless you’re an aphid.

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2 responses to “Signs That Summer Is Turning To Fall

  1. Lafler, Lisa

    Just a note to tell you how much I enjoy your blog Joe! Great things to come this academic year.

    Lisa

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