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Publisher’s Letter | Summer Things to Do…the Best of Everything

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Publisher Renee Dee shares her letter on fun things to do in the summer, and why summertime with friends and family is worth the wait.

From the days when we were kids in school, we knew that summertime held the best of everything from food to fun to friends/family to freedom to fireworks. Still today, I can conjure up the feeling of school being out for summer with anticipation for travel and time off.

For me, summer is a time to rejuvenate, refresh, read and reflect on the year ahead, which for me starts in late August (back-to-school time). I use summertime for business planning, and time away, hiking, walking, bicycling, boating and grilling gives me time to think.

But most of all, summertime is the best time for so many fun things to do that bring me joy. The “-ings” have it!

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But most of all, summertime is the best time for so many fun things to do that bring me joy. The “-ings” have it!

I love bicycling on the strand in Manhattan Beach, riding my beach cruiser into town in Coronado or along the beach in Huntington. I love hiking anywhere green and cool, like my summers in Yellowstone National Park or the Great Smoky Mountains to the cliffy hike in Portofino, or hiking ski resorts in Aspen, Jackson Hole and Park City.

I love walking miles and miles in a city from New York to Rome to Paris, to the quaint shops in Capri or Cannes or my favorite beach in Turks & Caicos. I love sailing in Mackinac and Cabo, yachting in Vancouver and Victoria, and cruising the Caribbean and Amalfi Coast.

I absolutely love grilling and cooking. I have more time on vacation to truly enjoy the ritual of prepping for the grill, making new recipes and cooking healthy dishes. Cooking for family and friends is truly one of my favorite things to do in the summer!

Most of all, I love socializing, which has been so sorely missed in the last year. I love trips with my family, and we’ve made so many wonderful memories together over the years (VRBO is my late-night guilty pleasure).

I love to travel with friends and host them at my home, as extended friend time is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. Did you know that time with friends can extend your life by as much as a decade?

Oh, that’s just more summers to enjoy with so many fun things to do!

I wish you joy this summer, and I hope you get out and do the things you love to do!

With Gratitude,

Renee M. Dee
Publisher

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