I hope that when you pick up this issue of Hanover Magazine you are sitting beside a pool or your toes are in beach sand. I hope that the issue makes it to the table on the screen porch and you dive into the pages multiple times.
Heck – binge read. It’s summer time.
It’s that magical time for plunging into pools, staring at the stars and reuniting with family and friends. Love seems more likely, hot dogs taste better and ice cream cools the soul.
“Summertime is always the best of what might be,” the late journalist Charles Bowden once noted.
“Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better,” notes an anonymous Pinterest fan.
Summer is the time to beef up coin or beetle collections, tell stories or at least – at least- roll through your To Do list at a more peaceful pace.
Summers now certainly are not the summers that many of us once experienced when we wandered in woods or whipped out the door in the morning and explored until a parent’s whistle or a ringing bell called the day done.
Summers may be different but they remain, for most of us, a guaranteed seasonal pause that is not like pauses of winter, spring or fall.
“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit,” noted architectural writer Ada Louise Huxtable. “A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.”
This issue of Hanover Magazine opens the door to summer opportunities that we hope you’ll be inspired to explore. Whether it’s a quick trip for $100 or less with your family (Quick Trips), a leisurely ride into history (Steam Into History), a tasty pastry at a small town bakery (Littlestown), Hanover has so much to offer.
Whether you do a whole lot of nothing or a little bit of everything, seize some quality time this summer.
Take time to linger longer over this issue and past issues of Hanover Magazine.
Take time to take care of yourself.
Take the extra time to reach out to others with a gesture of kindness when they least expect it, or need it most.
Send us ideas that you would like for us to explore and then share via stories and photographs.
In fact, in the “Why not?” spirit of summer, a scoop of ice cream or a snowball is my treat for the first five readers who email story ideas before July 21 to email@example.com.
Send in a few sentences about the who, what, when, where, why or WOW about an unsung hero you know, a cool place or experience in your town (nonprofit, outdoor, for the betterment of people or the planet places/experiences preferred). Tell us an event that you always look forward to in the winter, or pen a few lines about a person who mentors many but is known by too few.
As always, the Hanover Magazine team and I loved putting this issue together.
Thank you for bringing our labors of love to life by reading what we wrote.
Throughout the summer and always – amazing peace,
Lisa Moody Breslin