by Hal Borland
You fight dandelions all weekend, and late Monday afternoon, there they are, pert as all get out, in full and gorgeous bloom, pretty as can be, thriving as only dandelions can in the face of adversity.
Today is the birthday of Harold Glenn Borland, Born today In 1900. Borland was known as the chronicler of the seasons.
He went by Hal, and he was a naturalist as well as the writer.
Borland wrote an editorial column in the New York Times for 35 years.
His last column appeared the day before he died in 1978.
He never signed his work, but everyone knew Borland wrote it.
Like John Burroughs, Borland had sympathy for and simple communion with the natural world.
His writings reflected his essence. This is a sample of springtime, according to Borland.