The Dog Days of Summer


Traveling, gardening, running, biking, spa-time, eco-friendly indulgence – the options were endless – always too many choices and never enough time.

Summer without picnics? Unthinkable!  Summer kick-back-time for reading – a must!   Whether you headed to the beach, trekked to the mountains or staycationed, book bags and e-readers were most likely bulging with escapist – romance, thrillers, witchery – and serious books that were well worth getting lost in for some time-out. Maybe you read The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, And the Mountains Echoed by Hosseini, Brown’s Inferno, Hiaasen’s Bad Monkey, or Grisham’s The Racketeer, just to name a few of the current best sellers. Many of our friends tucked into the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and afterwards compared it to the movie. You ALWAYS read the book first, don’t you? And, isn’t the book ALWAYS better than the movie? Then hooked on Fitzgerald, selected others including Fowler’s Z – A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.

Summertime is adventure time and crammed full with multigenerational choices. Check-out this Adventure section for planning ahead for next summer’s fun, including staying safe, healthy and saving money. Many parents packed the kids off to camp, but maybe you preferred family action for both fun and fitness.

Now on these dog days, with back-to-school looming large, the long list of preparations for getting the kids ready has to be squeezed into all our playtime, which can challenge time management skills. The winding-down-time gets incredibly hectic!

All too soon, this summertime will be treasured as another great memory, so get out and play.

Article also appeared on August 13, 2013, in Baby Boomer Interests.

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