Maintaining the Comforts of Home

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned”  Maya Angelou Even though I left home to go to camp during the summers, starting as early as age 7, I still remember the familial feeling of finally arriving back home after weeks away.  My bedroom was always much colder than usual and spotless, devoid of any sign of life—the carpets freshly vacuumed, my bed tightly made and my desk clear of any clutter.  However, it didn’t take me more than an hour or two to feel back in my groove, … [Read more...]

Encouraging Your Kids to Carpe the Diem

  You can’t change the direction of the wind but, you can adjust your sails to reach your destination – Jimmy Dean. The concept of seizing the day, making the most out of every possible moment can sometimes feel like a tall order.  I had once believed that people are hard-wired in different ways and some are actually incapable of looking at life through the glass-half-full lens.    This doesn’t mean that they’re miserable people, it simply means that they approach situations differently and are more prone to be affected by the gamut of … [Read more...]

Camp Memories from Generation to Generation

There's a summer place Where it may rain or storm Yet I'm safe and warm For within that summer place Your arms reach out to me And my heart is free from all care For it knows There are no gloomy skies When seen through the eyes Of those who are blessed with love (Theme from "Summer Place" - Mom's favorite camp song) This past weekend was very emotional. I traveled with my family to Maine for my daughter’s camp visiting day.   Maine has always held a very special place in my heart.  From a waify 6-year old old to a sassy … [Read more...]