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The Heat of July
July arrives with a sweltering heat, bringing depressions, storms, torrential rains to southern states--historical repeat of bygone seasons with their hurricanes. The Pacific northwest with record highs installs rolling outages in Spokane; while California's veins are parched and dry, volcanic lava is Hawaii's bane. Will the northeastern states escape the wrath being spewed midst July's incoming days, or will birds there need water in each bath just to survive heated summertime rays? We can hope the burn of the scorching sun by end of month will be seen on the run as the virus and it leave room for fun. The new virus variant taking hold is putting a chill on planned summer fun. The worldwide spike is becoming quite bold but not cooling us down via "chill" pun. The play on words is easier to take than the virus or heat of July days typically graced with vacation break which may slip past us due to viral frays. While choosing to break with normal routine, keep a thought to health for others and you; use sense and caution, keep enjoyment clean to prevent a new surge when summer's through. Don't forget the healthy ways you have learned, practice safe sunning so you don't get burned, and you'll enjoy home more when you've returned. Predictions border on dire once again from many health pros for the months ahead. Each new variant sets off a new spin as the vaccines work to capture the spread. As return to work seeks to create new norms of work from home and higher rates of pay we will surely see new variant swarms in spite of cares we take along the way. With schools restarting in-person classes, students will be busy with music, sports, and studies galore requiring passes for halls and busses engaged for transports. Don't store safety precautions on a shelf, actions are not protected by an elf negating practicing safety yourself.