Cool water, warm rocks, swift summers


"Sunday Afternoon'' (oil on canvas), by GAY FREEBORN, at the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery, Center Sandwich, N.H.

One of my fondest memories is taking my young children to float on the White River or on the little lake spanned by the Floating Bridge, both in eastern Vermont, at this time of year.

It was for a  week or two each summer for perhaps four years, until they wanted wider and wilder society, and high childhood was over.

--- Robert Whitcomb