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You’ve likely seen this scene: A policeman stands between a crowd of onlookers and a crime scene, intoning repeatedly “Move along, nothing to see here.” But he really is saying, “Plenty happening here, but let’s act like it isn’t.”

I’m reminded of this as we enter the final dog days of summer. In many areas of the country, the heat becomes so oppressive that many folks lay low in August, stay out of the heat and pursue activities no more strenuous than climbing into a hammock or watching a cork bob at the end of a fishing line in some shady creek. If late summer were voice mail, it would answer all calls with, “Sorry, I’m unavailable and unwilling to take your call right now. Don’t bother leaving a message, because I’m unlikely to return it before September.”

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