On Long Beach in Rockport, Mass, I was carrying my sandals and enjoying the cold surf on my bare feet. Outside my regular daily orbit, I had the chance to go for a long walk next to the rolling waves as they came into shore.

Every once in a while it’s important to get away from everything and tune my mind to another world that is more elemental than my usual concerns. How’s the weather? Can we swim today? Or, according to my daughter, Ruchi, can we go back for salty caramel chocolate pretzel ice cream again? To which the answer is always, yes, smitten father that I am…

How will you find the time to reset your internal focus, freshen your view, shift into a lower gear for an easier, and slower ride?


“Laughter is an instant vacation.”
– Milton Berle