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The 2021 summer break

Early in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, a 40-year-old backup goaltender for the Washington Capitals filled in admirably for two games in an emergency, but was unable to play for the rest of the series. Hockey teams, it turns out, are notoriously opaque when it comes to injuries, preferring euphemisms to transparency. No one tweaks a groin or pinches a nerve. Instead, they have a “lower body” or an “upper body” injury. Craig Anderson, the old man in goal, was out because of something called body maintenance.

Quickly latching on to this genteel way of describing recovery work in progress, I decided to let you know that More to Come is taking a summer break for body maintenance. Or perhaps the better way to phrase it in my case would be body, mind, and soul maintenance.

Taking time for body, mind, and soul maintenance

There is no injury involved with the staff at More to Come, but a sabbath respite is both biblical and practical.* As you can see below, I’ve been doing it all my life!

Taking my summer break as a two-year old

Last year’s summer hiatus from blogging worked out so well that I decided to extend the 2021 break over July and August to rest, reset, and focus on other projects, including some special attention on those pandemic pounds. This is it until the Tuesday after Labor Day (7 September for the international readers) unless something momentous comes along.**

Should you want to take this time and explore what you may have missed on the blog, what follows are the top reader favorites from 2021 (so far).

Three of the top posts came from the less than smooth transition of power in the U.S.

Two other highly-rated posts were more personal in nature.

  • Tending the heart — The family celebrated a significant birthday for my wife this year, who is, in the words of a friend and former colleague, “fantastically lovely in every way.”
  • Reminders — New Year’s Day seemed an appropriate time to consider how personal reminders of what matters can help us regain equilibrium after a tumultuous year.

Continuing with the family theme, fathers often provide guidance as we seek a way forward. These two posts are about lessons learned from two extraordinary fathers.

Two of this year’s top posts dealt with the return of optimism.

  • Les Colombes — Visit the beautiful photographs from an art installation in the National Cathedral.
  • Time to reinvigorate the bucket list — As winter departed and we discovered newfound optimism, perhaps it is time to revisit what we “really” want to do.

And finally, I found myself writing a good deal this year about our need to depend on others.

  • Assisted living — I have a confession to make. I have lived in assisted living my entire life.
Beach Reading
Beach Reading – the best kind

Summer is also a great time to catch up on your reading. Some of the best books I’ve read this year include:

The top two Saturday Soundtrack posts by reader views featured the musical artists Low Lily and The Avalon Jazz Band.

If these don’t interest you, check out the top 10 posts in terms of reader views from the time the blog began, or simply rummage around in the archives. In any event, have a great rest of the summer.

More to come…


Image of the pier from free photos on Pixabay.

*There is no staff at More to Come. Just DJB.

**I won’t have to worry about covering Donald Trump’s fantasy of being reinstalled to office in August. As we used to say in the South, it ain’t gonna happen.


I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


  1. Deedy Bumgardner says

    Enjoy your break, you and Candace play, just don’t do anything if you aren’t inspired!!!

  2. DJB says

    Thanks, Deedy. Best wishes for a wonderful summer for you and your family. DJB

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