I’m going on vacation Thursday morning here. I’ll be there until August 15. Sometime tomorrow and for a four-hour layover in Denver on Thursday, I’ll pre-program some posts on things I’ve been thinking about. I’ll also go on line from time to time while I’m there, although that’s not easy. What that means is that I won’t be nearly as active a responder to people who comment on my posts.

I’ve gone to Minaki for at least some time every summer of my life since 1951, except for about five years in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. My grandfather built the cottage in 1921 or 1922 and the major improvements were electricity (1958) and running water (2000.) It’s partly because of that that I appreciate modern technology. After having hauled literally thousands of buckets of water, I love running water.