12 Most Useful Things I Learned at Summer Camp

summer camp, overnight camp, life lessons, children, vermont, lake, family, midlife, empty nest

Where I grew up, in the suburbs of New York City, it was commonplace for children to spend eight weeks each summer at overnight camp. From as early as the age of 6 through 16 or so, many of my contemporaries were ensconced in camps across New England, each perched on a lake. Some may think sending children away for that long at such young ages is slightly barbaric, but to me … [Read more...]

In Praise of the Handwritten Letter


Remember when people wrote letters? Not just brief notes inside birthday or get-well-soon cards, but pages-long, juicy, fun to read letters. Remember the thrill of opening your mailbox and seeing your name, handwritten, on an envelope? Knowing that someone took the time to sit down and write me a personal letter always made me feel special and loved. It never happens … [Read more...]