Summer 2014 commences today in two minutes at 6:51 AM. It's also the longest day of the year. Throughout my reign as an educator working with that crowd of 12-14 year olds, I always liked to pass on a few of Mark's 'words of wisdom'. I even had a few for the staff uttered forth to those who wanted to listen and not turn away, that is. One was that the day after school got out, this year that would have been yesterday the 20th, was really the longest day of the year. The framework was simple for the day. It was your day. Kickback. Try to do absolutely nothing other than what you really wanted to do. Sleep late. Enjoy that extra cup of coffee. Take in the sun. Tip a beverage or two. Be with friends or self. Smell the roses. I tried hard to follow my own rules every year. Now? Every day is MY day! Take pleasure in my flowering, yellow coreopsis this morning.