a summer frame of mind

Summer Shoes

Summer Shoes (Photo credit: Klearchos Kapoutsis)

A good part of the first half of this year I spent looking for and at times finding my bliss. The second half of 2013 is going to be used to put that bliss to work. It will be a challenge.  All kinds of things enter into the mix—but I hope in the end I will come up with a lovely batter and not a lumpy mess.

Join me in my journey to add some lovely moments to days that will have some ugly elements; days when a little poetry will be needed to fight off the drama; days when a little Mike’s hard lemonade relaxes the stresses.

July and August, in all their glory, hot and humid at times, breezy and warm at others, lay before us. It is the height of summer and this year I am going to enjoy the two months I most dread. While others glory in the heat, I am a temperate kind of girl—but I am going to embrace my younger self and enjoy what summer has to offer.  The calendar is filled with barbeques, little weekend getaways, and perhaps a trip to Ottawa and the Kingston area to see my sister and brother. I am not sure what the summer will bring—but I have my sunscreen and shorts on—so I am ready.

Like many of you, just because it is summer—it does not mean we do not have a lot of work to do. I am more determined than ever to find a balance. Sometimes I get in a holiday frame of mind and find that work just does not fit into the equation—but I am going to work it into the sum total of a successful summer.

What are your summer plans? How do you get your vacation frame of mind under control to get your work done?

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Quote for the Day ~ July 31, 2012


English: Leonard Cohen

English: Leonard Cohen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a great quote to  wind up the sunny month of July. My sister sent it to me, and said she had read an article about perfectionism and how it can be a burden that “keeps us from taking flight”.

The quote says it eloquently and poetically. It is from the song Anthem by Leonard Cohen, one of Canada’s national treasures:

~  “There is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in.”  ~


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200 Words ~ Day 1

The last rays of sunlight on Mount Everest on ...

The last rays of sunlight on Mount Everest on May 5, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My Goal:

Write 200 words a day for the month of July. (Not counting my weekly columns, which have to be at least 750 words to fill my space on page 5 of the paper it lives in).


Same reason people climb Mount Everest.

What is that?

Because it’s there.

Actually, Kathy Drue,  from the blog: Lake Superior Spirit is attempting this, so I thought I would give it a try. I told her that it would be challenging to decide which babies to throw out with the bath water. (If you wonder what this baby thing is about—I learned from one of the members in my writers’ group, that “killing your babies” means that there are times when you have to edit out some of the best parts of your writing to achieve a goal: to make it more readable, the correct length, or not  elaborate on something that does not need elaboration.  That is my loose definition for a horrible term much befitting the process of editing).

I have been looking for a doable challenge for some time.

Think I have found it.

Published in: on July 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm  Comments (39)  
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