Summertime is here again…

Good morning everyone! Wow, what a day. The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the birds are chirping. At least they are where I live. Good ‘ol Arkansas. With weather like this, it makes me think about the upcoming summer months and how much fun it used to be for us when we were kids. And being a writer, one good thought leads to another and another and another and so on…

As my brain drifted from one thing to another, it occurred to me that as summer is approaching, it is time to get our children going on some favorite activities. No, not what most kids nowadays consider fun–sleeping in, playing video games, staying indoors watching movies, streaming music, and surfing the web. I’m talking about REAL summer fun.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here, let me remind you.

CATCHING FIREFLIES:

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CAMPING IN THE BACKYARD:

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PLAYING IN THE CREEK:

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ROASTING MARSHMELLOWS:

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STAR GAZING:

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PICKING BERRIES:

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MAKING HOMEMADE ICE CREAM:

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SWIMMING WITH YOUR FRIENDS:

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BIKE RIDING:

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BLOWING BUBBLES:

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FISHING:

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PICKING WILDFLOWERS:

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HAVING A  PICNIC:

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RUNNING THROUGH THE SPRINKLER:

Kids in the Sprinklers

These are the type of summer activities I was talking about. Simple, fun, and everlasting. So this summer, put the tablet, phone, pager, laptop away and take a few moments to relive the real meaning of summer. Drag your family along with you. They may grumble a bit but in the end, they will thank you. Enjoy!!

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Old Fashioned, Nostalgic, Or Just Plain Silly? You Decide…

Times, they are a changin’. Someone famous said that (I believe it was Bob Dylan) and it is so true.

A good explanation of this is in the song Automatic by Miranda Lambert.  Country music fans everywhere have heard this song and so they know what I’m talking about. For those that are less knowledgeable of mainstream country, the song is about how things used to be. You know, like vehicle windows you had to crank to open, Polaroid pictures you had to shake, and the such.


I love that song. It reminds me of how things have changed over the years. Everything from, well, vehicle windows to photographs. Technology gas advanced rather rapidly, in an effort to make things easier, quicker, more up to date. I am all for change, especially in this crazy, wonderful world we live in. But nevertheless, there are still some things I love to do the “old-fashioned” way. The biggest thing is reading.

Now I own a Kindle, an IPhone, and a laptop. Don’t get me wrong, they are great and I use them all of the time. But for me, there is nothing beats a real book.

Hardcover or paperback, it doesn’t matter. I love everything about books. Their smell, the weight if them in your hands, the feel of the pages as you turn them.  It’s like you are holding a tiny piece of the author’s dream, a slice of the effort and joy that each writer puts into their writing. All true book lovers know what I mean. It’s almost magical.

As a child, I loved walking into a library, selecting an adventure in paper form, and then racing home to curl up and read.

It’s the same way now of course.
Ebooks are indeed a thing of the present and the future. They allow readers and authors to connect quicker. And you can carry a whole library around in one, thin little electronic device.


And that is wonderful, great. I enjoy books no matter what format they are in. But call me old-fashioned, nostalgic, or just plain silly but when it comes down to choosing an ebook or a physical book to read, for me, the choice is simple….