Happy Labor Day

It’s Labor Day! This summer has flown by on gigantic dragon-sized wings. I read a great deal; wrote quite a bit; traveled to some of my favorite destinations in Europe; saw some extraordinary theater (including John Lithgow as King Lear); enjoyed some inspiring art exhibits, in New York, Berlin & Amsterdam; danced at outdoor Milongas and spent some time on my roof just being. I didn’t manage to finish the novel-in-progress, put together a collection of short stories, do a complete clean out of the closet or launch a new business venture.

Labor Day, for Monster followers outside the U.S., marks the psychological end of summer. (If not the actual/seasonal/astronomical end.) It’s especially true in this part of the country where kids go back to school immediately after Labor Day and businesses suddenly click into high gear. There’s an excitement in the air — even if it’s just as warm and summery as the day before Labor Day.

One big day off — for most if not all — makes it a little like New Year’s Day, in that it’s an obvious opportunity to assess the progress, or lack of progress, in the summer and to make big, ambitious plans for the fall.

What are my plans? See above… all the to-dos on the summer list that didn’t quite get done, plus a few more.


  1. I suppose now that Summers over it’s time to buckle down to the jobs we put off. I’m delighted you’ve had such a good time with your travel, theatre, art exhibitions and your reading but now it’s time for writing.
    I’m sure you saw things to inspire you Candy so share them in your new works.
    xxx Humongous Hugs xxx

    • Candy Korman

      You are right about me finding inspiration for my writing in my various arts adventures & travels. Look for bits & pieces in stories, novellas and novels to come!

  2. Sounds like you had a busy and good summer 🙂 Labor Day always marks the end of camping season in Idaho. It got down to freezing outside of Sun Valley over the weekend and the tent was mighty cold! Took a final hike as well. Time to get ready for the cold, cold, cold winter… but first Oktoberfest!

    • Candy Korman

      Oktoberfest! No wonder the fall is your favorite time of year!

      Due to a strange quirk of weather, August was mild and beautiful but today it’s a classic hazy, hot & humid NYC summer day with 90 plus temperatures. I hope the autumn is a real autumn…

  3. Beginnings are always nice, even if they are heading towards winter. You’re sure to become inspired once it’s cold outside and warm and snug inside in front of your computer. 😀

    • Candy Korman

      Yes, there is something to be said about the inspiration derived from a warm keyboard on a cold winter’s day!

  4. We will soon cover the pool for the winter. Probably one of the most gruesome chores for the end of summer. But what really annoys me is I have already drained out the required amount of water so no more filter and what not, and the weather has been super warm. Basically great swimming weather right when we are about to close it.

    Once that is done we will only be left with mowing the lawn and raking up the leaves before the snows come.

    • Candy Korman

      The seasonal rituals go by the calendar but the weather does its own thing. It’s hot & humid in NYC right now and most of August was lovely and cool — weird but wonderful. NOW it feels like summer!