Tag Archives: summer

It’s June


the gift of travel...at the beach in Coronado, San Diego

As a former teacher, I can remember that feeling of knowing you made it to this month and how that was an accomplishment in itself. The calendar turns to the start of summer and the countdown of school days left reaches single digits. Seniors see graduation in the near future while the insanity that is June hits all parts of the school community. Finals and proms, retirement parties and banquets, inductions and picnics, yearbooks and report cards and everything in between make their way through the districts. Read the rest of this entry

20 tips for a perfect beach day…anywhere!



It’s summer in New York. For me, summer means sandy feet, beach days, long walks, boardwalk time, picnics, sarongs, adventures, barbecues, outdoor entertainment and ice cream. Each day people flock to the sand to enjoy their own ‘perfect’ beach day. The people we often sit with on the weekends at Azores Beach often categorize the day and smile wide when they exclaim, ‘today is a perfect 10!’ Sun, sand and serenity are often parts of their measuring scale. Long Beach is at max capacity in the summer and often you’ll find some of our favourite locals looking forward to Labor Day when the hoards will disappear and ownership of the sand returns to those who live her year ‘round. During those winter months, many of us look to escape the cold and recreate those days of summer in a warmer climate. How do we make that ‘perfect 10’ day on the sand happen again?

How do we ‘bring back summer’? Read the rest of this entry

It Feels Like Summer!


IMG_0601It’s starting. As I look out my window on Azores beach, I see them. The people have arrived. Just a few more each day, they’re venturing out of the winter blues and the short lived but pollen filled spring to plant their toes in the sand and their hearts near the sea. Beach passes are being sold in the center of town; I’m already in possession of two. The trucks have arrived. The bright green sand flattener guy rolls by each morning flattening the work of the tide from the night before.

Now come the scooper trucks. Bright yellow in hue, they are here too. Starting to build the sand dunes that should halt destruction if the ocean surges again as she did in October of 2012, they build. They beep as they back up heading to pick up more sand to put in its protective place. Read the rest of this entry

Fifty Things I Learned From Sleep Away Camp


Fifty Things I Learned From Sleep Away Camp

  • Dirt is good for you
  • Camp matters
  • Australian accents are my favourite
  • Maryann (the cook) made the best crumb cake
  • Childhood friendships last
  • Talent should be embraced
  • Warm fuzzies are real
  • Counselors make a difference
  • The smell of the Long Island Sound is special to me
  • Leadership, trust, faith, courage, determination, fairness, creativity & individuality
  • Show concern for others
  • Embrace differences
  • Always share your stuff Read the rest of this entry