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Simmering Summer

August 23rd, 2011 by judytalks

It’s still super hot here in Arizona and we have another month or more of triple digit weather. Though I try to find ways to escape the scorching sun, it reminds me that I always loved summer. As a kid growing up in the Midwest (Wisconsin), sunshine couldn’t come too soon. It meant no school for three whole months, lazy days, vacation with family, and endless hours to goof off.

Although I always had a summer job, I never felt any pressure to get things done. Time moved slowly, schedules were kept to a minimum, and I could just go with the flow most days.

Whatever happened to that luxurious sense of easy living in warm weather? Just going on vacation for a few weeks takes endless preparation and an urgency to fill every day with meaningful activities.

I’ve accomplished a lot this summer, things that needed to be done. Lifestyle changes, focused projects for my writing, and some important business goals. I feel I’ve jumped a hurdle and landed on both feet, but somehow I forgot to lie in the grass and watch the big, puffy clouds of summer move across the sky.

I think summer was invented to give us respite from the endless tasks we perform and the rigid schedules that have to be met most of the year.

All too soon, cool breezes will brush across the landscape and there will be a chill in the air. I’ll be able to sit on my screen room in the morning, sipping coffee and watching fall put in its appearance. Meanwhile, I’m going to hold on to the last rays of blazing heat and remember going barefoot for three whole months.

Have some dream time,

Summertime Means Vacation.

July 8th, 2010 by judytalks

The 4th of July always means that summer is half over. Usually I’m just getting into the swing of things, and it’s no different this year. My plans have changed 4 or 5 times since late winter when we decided to spend 3 months in MN. visiting family, doing some book business, and just seeing the wonderful sights, indoors and out, in beautiful Minnesota.
I’ll be flying to MN on July 27th while my husband stays here to hold down the fort. My plans for book talks about A Child’s Grief are being finalized, with some open spots for contacts with interested groups. Most importantly, I’ll be catching up with family, people I only see a few times a year – not nearly enough.
Years ago, families took one 2-week vacation a year, went someplace interesting, usually by car, and brought home rolls and rolls of pictures. Family events were often frequent throughout the year because they stayed close to home after growing up. And even though flying today takes far less time and probably costs less than driving, we simply don’t make it a point to spend time with folks – family or friends – who really matter to us. I’m determined to change that in my life. I’m going to vacate my premises several times throughout the year, hassle through security, pack light and pop in regularly.
Real hugs are good for the soul.
Happy rest of the summer.

What did you do on your summer vacation?

June 12th, 2010 by judytalks

So far, mine has been quite busy. Juggling and organizing travel and events for work and play makes me think I should just stay home. But how boring…

A short trip for a graduation I wouldn’t miss, an anticipated time with family in the midwest, opportunities for connecting with book stores and groups that work with grief and/or kids are all must items.

I’m lucky to be able to enjoy all this variety. It’s cool today in AZ., we’re going to a play this evening, and everyone’s well. Hope you are too.


Home Again

October 29th, 2009 by judytalks

It’s always great to get back home after a vacation. Visits with family were wonderful, business meetings productive, and side trips great. We all went to the Titanic Exhibit at the St. Paul Science Museum. Fascinating and sobering.
Getting back into my routine happened fast. With a new book coming out, I have publicity and marketing ideas to attend to. Getting the word out so I can help people help children will be my priority now. I recently read an article that said professionals who work with children are concerned about children’s responses to news media coverage of crisis and adversity. I wonder if the stations ever think about that?
Sunny AZ is beginning to cool off for winter here. Light jacket weather but still lots of sunshine. It’s the best work climate for me. Please check out my websites – they’re in transition but up and running – for information regarding grief, loss, adversity, and how we can help one another.
My best, Judy

The long, hot summer

August 3rd, 2009 by judytalks

August, and that wonderful time of year, summer, is nearly over. Growing up in Wisconsin, we ran barefoot, hopped rocks in the shallow part of the Fox River, ate ice cream, and watched outdoor movies in the public park.
Here in Arizona, it’s too hot to even go outside most of the day, let alone go barefoot. But it rains. And blows and cleans the earth, while settling red dust on the car, screens, and anything that stands still.
It’s countdown time to our trip to the Twin Cities for family fun and book talks and signings for A Child’s Grief. My mission is to inform and inspire adults to understand the needs of children experiencing the loss of a parent. Loss in general is the social marker today, and we somehow remain in the dark about its impact and the road to recovery.
I hope you are enjoying your summer. Picnics, vacations, family reunions, the beach, lying under a tree with a good book, all ways to unwind a little and shake off the tension of hard work.
Here’s to more ice cream.

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