The Beauty of … A Crisp Fall Day by @JosieRiviera

When Labor Day is over, isn’t it like flipping a switch? we go from summer beach days and picnics to cooler weather and football games.

One of my favorite activities is the Fall Festival Season and Craft Fairs. Every weekend, I discover different activities to enjoy.

For children, there are Pumpkin Patches and hayrides, and one of my granddaughter’s favorite activities is bobbing for apples.

There are also entertaining family options.

Holiday Craft Fairs offer handmade gifts and holiday ornaments. In North Carolina, where I live, there are several apple festivals providing local music. Not to mention those delicious food stands offering apple strudel and homemade baked good.

Wishing you an Autumn brimming with family fun and laughter.

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Their unexpected attraction kindles something as warm and sweet as a holiday candle. But the weight of their pasts could turn the promise of their love to ashes.

The Beauty of Freedom … by @JosieRiviera

July is the time we celebrate the birth of our country and freedom. This year, we are also celebrating our freedom from Covid, and a return to “normal,” or at least our new normal.

As the world begins to open, many of us plan to see family and friends, dine at restaurants, and travel!

My family and I will be celebrating the events we’ve missed. Everything from holidays, a milestone birthday, graduations, new members of the family – two or four-legged – we can safely gather again.

I look forward to a fun afternoon enjoying a delicious, leisurely lunch with a good friend—solving the problems of the world and supporting each other through life’s challenges.

Theaters, concerts, sports, and community events are reappearing. Broadway’s first return was “Springsteen on Broadway” on June 26th and will fully reopen on September 14th. So, book your tickets now!

The return of family vacations is a highlight, and I am ready to travel. In fact, airports are busier than ever! 

This year let’s appreciate our many freedoms.

Happy July!

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