Mary Schmich, the Chicago Tribune columnist, wrote once about keeping track of the summer, as it goes rocketing past. Do one summery thing every day, she suggested. Like eating lunch outside, or walking by the lake, or flying a kite. I love that idea–a way to pay attention to each day–and have revised it just a bit so it includes not only doing summery things, but also just noticing the distinctly summery world. So, I’ll note in my diary each day of June, July and August simple stuff like seeing a hummingbird,smelling fading lilacs, hearing kids splashing around in their backyard pools, or celebrating my first taste of watermelon this year. It’s all those little, sensual details that make up a world. My world, my summer, 2014.