Summer comes bearing many gifts — bright skies, clear days, and a renewed appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us. This season of the year beckons us to slow down and pay more attention to what is going on around us. It is a time of the year to be more playful and to savor the pleasures of food, family, and community. Editors Gary Schmidt and Susan Felch, who teach literature at Calvin College, have gathered a delightful collection of poems, essays, stories, and observations about summer. There are selections by Ray Bradbury, Gretel Ehrlich, Michael Pollan, Barbara Tuchman, Anne Lamott, Madeleine L'Engle, and many others. The material is organized into five thematic modules:

• Play and Leisure
• Tillage and Cultivation
• Family and Community
• Nature and Grace
• Retreat and Return