Tag Archives: Family

Memory as Augmented Reality

6 Sep

Pennellwood Water Tower, OvergrownOr, Pennellwood: Years Later

Pennellwood was summer.  It was childhood.  It was long days of sunscreen and endless nights of bugspray, weeks that seemed to last for months – it was summer camp, for the whole family.

Pennellwood was underwanter; the business plan wasn’t sustainable.  It closed, but our family traditions didn’t.  So we looked for something else, a new place in which to continue.  We found it, but it wasn’t the same.  We spent days by the pool and nights tending bar.  (Some things about family camp change when you grow up.)  But a large part of the time, we spent talking about Pennellwood.  Remembering it, missing it, wishing that we were there instead.  Leaving the new camp today, someone suggested that we go to Pennellwood.  Just to see what it had become. Continue reading

My Social Media Vacation

4 Sep

A failed, or not, experiment

Cousins at CampThis weekend, I took a vacation from social media.  Over Labor Day weekend, my family resumed a long-standing tradition to attend family camp with our cousins.  It’s the kind of place where you’re perpetually dirty and the big event of the day is a game of ultimate Frisbee.  Where you actually sit and talk with your grandparents about what it was like when they were kids and interact with your parents like they’re your friends.  It’s great.

And it’s been great since I was a kid.  Since before there was social media.  Since before Facebook had even been thought of.  (Although I’m sure that, if pressed in a law suit, Mark Zuckerburg would say that he had been tinkering with the idea even back then.)  So, I figured that if I had loved camp without social media then, I would love camp without social media now.  I took getting away for the weekend as an opportunity to unplug for the weekend, too.  (Of course, I still brought my laptop, because I can’t unplug completely.  It’s my hard and clunky security blanket.) Continue reading

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