Welcome back! 

We hope you enjoyed the boat rides and the bike rides; the beaches and the bazaars, the sunshine AND the rain. We hope you took lots of naps and read lots of books. We did (napped AND read)  - and you can catch our reviews online in the next few weeks.

There are as many ways to spend a summer as there are people, but one thing most experiences have in common is the opportunity to step back and reflect; on our choices and our voices, on elections and selections; on how we live our lives and spend our days.

So often it is the books and articles we find time to read - the ones crowding our bedside tables waiting for summer to roll around - that offer new opportunities for reflection. 

Our favorites make us question “the slippery slopes” of life - the habits and patterns we have unwittingly fallen into - and the best of such pieces strike that fine balance of simultaneously making you smile, cringe and think twice - all in the short span of a column and a cup of coffee.

One such article is David Brooks’ The Golden Age of Bailing published in The New York Times in July. We encourage you to read, smile (maybe cringe a bit) and consider whether this sounds familiar: 

“All across America people are deciding on Monday that it would be really fantastic to go grab a drink with X on Thursday. But then when Thursday actually rolls around they realize it would actually be more fantastic to go home, flop on the bed and watch Carpool Karaoke videos. So they send the bailing text or email: “So sorry! I’m gonna have to flake on drinks tonight. Overwhelmed. My grandmother just got bubonic plague.…”


Isabella Smith