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    Keep the Books Off the Beach!

    Have I mentioned to you guys that I'm planning to go back to school this coming fall to go on for my graduate degree? I know I told you before how much I enjoy the process of being a student later in my life. I had always wanted to complete my undergraduate studies, which I did as of October, 2001. I had a feeling that I wanted to continue with Empire State College, but I wasn't certain as to when. What I was sure of was the fact that there was no way I be taking any courses over the summer!

    I do have my priorities pretty straight when it comes to the beach and the sun verses my head and my mind being buried in a book over the course of this summer. That doesn't mean to say that I won't be doing any reading all summer, rather just nonsense such as magazines and novels. My mind is in a different place completely once I get into the rhythm, as it were, of the whole summer vibe.

    I just reread the last paragraph I wrote to you and I must correct myself. Magazines are not necessarily nonsense, and novels don't fall into that category either. What it really meant to say is that I don't want to be studying in any graduate capacity when I know I'd rather be outside in the sunshine or on the beach or both. And I can really say that it would be impossible for me to be doing any serious research sitting on the beach! For me if the beach is just a wonderful place for my mind to simply wander and get lost with the sound of the waves lapping up onto the beach.

    I actually used to bring a bunch of reading material with me when I went any beach. What wound happening was that the book would simply remain unread and untouched. I finally gave up and surrendered to the fact that my mind was simply reveling in the sounds and smells of the beach and the water. Not to mention the fact that I'm truly in my element in the sunshine. I think with that admission I can be truly called a beach bum! And I have also tell you that I love being one. I never wear shoes in the summer and my "uniform" from the end of May until about the second or third week in September is just a bathing suit and I a hat like the hat Gilligan used to wear on the show, "Gilligan’s Island."

    So the lesson here is to keep the books off the beach and simply surrender to the fact, as I have, that the only thing useful to do at the beach is the simply stare at the sun (with your eyes shut of course) and simply let your mind go to mush. Otherwise, you to set yourself up for disappointment. And you wind up sandy books on top of everything!

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"