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Carpe diem. This well-known phrase seems particularly important to keep in mind as we look forward to July and August. Sure, the days seem endless now, but past experience tells me that the summer months will go by quickly, and the chilly days are not so far away. When the leaves start to turn in September, I want to be certain that I squeezed every wonderful drop out of the summer months. With that in mind, here is how I plan to seize the day this season: I will make time for long al fresco meals with friends and family, and peaceful paddles on the lake. I will take every single opportunity to go swimming. I will turn off my phone and computer and go outside. I may even try a digital detox (see p.26). Finally, I will curl up in the sun with a book as often as humanly possible. It’s going to be tough, but I think I can handle it.

From the Editor's Desk

Whatever your plans are for the summer, we hope you take Cottage North with you. We’ve got a great lineup for dockside reading, from Richard Billy’s tale of survival to Penny Byer’s look at community improvement in Thompson. Our guide to summer and Morley Naylor’s "Eye Catchers" should spark some ideas for weekend adventures, and show you just how much you can pack into those long July days. If you are in Flin Flon or The Pas, I hope you’ll visit Walking with our Sisters – it is an exhibit that is sure to make an impact (see page 48). Above all, no matter what you do this summer, we hope you relish each and every day of it. Have a great one!

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