Tag: summer vacation


As we enter the month of August, the dog days of summer, I share this essay from my book Terribly Strange and Wonderfully Real. I wrote it a couple of years ago, but not much has changed for working families struggling to piece child care together until school begins and normalcy returns. One set of grandkids... Read more »


I should love August. I was married August 18 and will be celebrating my 47th anniversary this month. But I have always disagreed with T.S. Eliot who proclaimed in his poem The Wasteland that, “April is the cruelest month.” For me it’s August. I’m sure T.S. Eliot, who was depressed, found the springtime month of... Read more »

On Vacation: Celebrating my 200th Blog Post by Writing a Book

When I started this encore career back in September of 2013, I announced I was Reinvented, Not Retired. My first post was inspired by 64-year-old Diana Nyad, who had just completed a 110 mile swim from Cuba to Florida, something she had been trying to do for 35 years. She had trained for this fifth attempt... Read more »

Vacation Renewal – It Takes a Brief Vacation to Learn There’s No Place Like Home

When the movie A Brief Vacation, Vittorio de Sica’s last film, came out in 1973, my friends and I all fantasized about being the heroine. Clara escapes her bleak and stressful life as the mother of three small children by going to a tuberculosis sanatorium in the Italian Alps. While there, she has a passionate... Read more »

Summer Vacation Ideas for Families: Traveling with Kids is a Just a Trip

Many months ago, I embarked on the seemingly endless project of transferring our old family slides and videos to DVD. As I worked on this, it occurred to me that 75% of the video footage of my children when they were young was shot in swimming pools, and it was hard to tell if we... Read more »