Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy – June 8

Welcome if you are visiting because you are on the 2016 A to Z Post Challenge Road Trip This is a series during the month of June celebrating Summertime


“There are two times in a person’s life when there is the possibility of pure happiness: in youth and in summer.”   Brielle A. Marino, THE LAST EVE

We may have left our youth behind, but summer stretches before us. I have written in Greening of a Heart, the idea that we are not always happy, but joy abides. Living an examined life, praying, practicing resurrection, these things sustain us even when we are unhappy. This series of posts about summertime, is in hopes that we can recapture what summer once meant to us and have gotten too busy to enjoy. Take time today to notice the greenness of things. Dan Simmons writes well about this very thing.

“The beauty of that June day was almost staggering. After the wet spring, everything that could turn green had outdone itself in greenness and everything that could even dream of blooming or blossoming was in bloom and blossom. The sunlight was a benediction. The breezes were so caressingly soft and intimate on the skin as to be embarrassing.” 

Dan Simmons, Drood

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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7 Responses to Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy – June 8

  1. I gave my ‘take’ on happiness here. You may find it interesting – or not.
    I wrote it just before the travel-based memoir that was last year’s A-Z, which started in Andover, UK

    • Grateful that you shared your post on happiness, It is Okay to be Okay.’ Both of us considering happiness and joy. Your piece so well written. I hope others read it too. I once thought that those who sought the religious life of a monk or nun were merely hiding from the world. Now I know they pray for the world when we can not. I am persuaded that even in our unbelief, we believe. Contentment is surely another form of prayer that holds the world together. I believe you are right, it is more than okay to be okay!

  2. dino0726 says:

    My grass is starting to green up again after going through a bit of a drought. We still need more rain, but it’s definitely more pleasant today. 🙂
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal – Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

  3. noelleg44 says:

    This is why I go to Maine every summer – it’s incredible there!

  4. Such a thoughtful post and yes, job abides. Happiness is a state and not an end destination. We must continue to attract the state of happiness in little things and life will seems more fulfilling.

    Thank you Stepheny for stopping by my blog! Appreciate it!

  5. Stepheny, I adore your summertime series! So much green around me! I go barefoot all the time at the house. I like the feel of the grass, especially after a recent mowing. Summer is a very hot and humid time in our area, so my time outdoors in summer almost always includes the pool or a large box fan hubby has on wheels to cool us. Right now, looking out the window behind my PC monitor, I see a lush green yard and four o’clocks blooming and the shade of a huge pecan tree.

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