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Friday Musings: School’s Out

Friday Musings: School’s Out

Every year around this time I begin to feel a certain restlessness stirring in me. I’m ready for school to be over. That made a whole lot of sense when I was a mom of three young kids, and the close of the school year signified the end of homework, packing lunches, and driving everyone around to their various activities. There was even a certain logic to it when my kids were older and more free time meant more time together. I always did love being with them and still do. Maybe the answer is as simple as that. Or, since there are five teachers in my innermost circle, it’s quite possible that their sense of being ready for closure spills over onto me. Perhaps this is a universal thing that’s related to the fact that even if we don’t work in education, we certainly remember being in school, and longer days, warmer weather, and time outside trigger a kind of response in us. And yet, I think there is more. The other night I was looking through a book of poetry by Carl Adamshick (there will definitely be more about him at some point in this blog’s future) when the opening line of a poem called Emily caught my eye: “It is nice to be without answers at the end of summer.” I’ve turned these words over in my head all week and have come to the conclusion that the reason why they resonate with me so much has everything to do with the way I feel about summer, particularly these last two weeks of June. For some of us, summer begins with an invitation to change, improve, or evolve, which in turn leads to the question in late August that asks “How have you done so?”

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Summer Thoughts Cocktail #3: Al Fresco

Summer Thoughts Cocktail #3: Al Fresco

Is there really anything better than eating outside on a beautiful night in the summer? I can’t think of very much. There’s just something magical about sitting under the stars, with twinkling lights and candles, and your significant person, or a really close group of friends. And cocktails, of course. It can be at a restaurant that has outdoor seating, which I happen to love, especially when you find a place in the city that has courtyard seating in the back that you didn’t even know about. Or it can be in someone’s

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Summer Thoughts Cocktail #2: Batter Up

Summer Thoughts Cocktail #2: Batter Up

Everyone knows that baseball is America’s favorite pastime. It conjures up thoughts of summer for us in much the same way as cold beer, lemonade, blueberry pie, and strawberry jam do. For me, just the sound of a baseball game on television makes me think of summers in the house I grew up in with my parents. It was a house with no air conditioning, and summers in New Jersey could get hot and humid with many days in the nineties, but after the first heat wave we’d get used to it. We’d sleep at night with a

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