Make the Most of Summer

Our founding publisher,
Andrew P. Quigley, who lived an extraordinary life, used to say, “When you look
back on your life, you realize that all you really have is a lot of memories.”

What brings these words to
mind is the realization that the long, hot summer is upon us. With school out
and the excitement of the Fourth of July behind us, we now have arrived at what
often are referred to as the dog days of summer — humid, steamy, and languid
— that have burned indelible memories into our mind’s eye from our earliest
childhood into adulthood.

For those of us who live in
the Greater Boston area, numerous vacation spots, from the mountains and lakes of
Maine and New Hampshire, to the pastoral serenity of the Berkshires, to the
world-famous beaches of Cape Cod and the islands, are within a short distance.

The Greater Boston area
itself is full of summertime pleasures and recreational opportunities, whether
it be a visit to the 15 beaches maintained by the state, boating in our

beautiful Boston Harbor and nearby environs, concerts at numerous venues, or
taking in the vibrancy of the Boston waterfront scene.

However, what summertime
always has meant to us — the time we spend with our families, friends,
and children — reinforces the notion that the best things in life are
free.

While life itself is short
and passes all too quickly, summer is even briefer. There are just seven weeks
from now until Labor Day weekend (how depressing is that?). All of us will
lament, “Where did the summer go?” when we return to work and school on the day
after Labor Day, Sept. 2.

Let’s make sure that when we
do so, we can look back on a summer that created memories that will last a
lifetime for ourselves and for those whom we love.

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