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Bye-bye Summer!!!
Summer is rapidly coming to a close. Can you believe it? I can’t. It seems the older I get, the faster the  seasons fly by. This summer was weird as far as weather went. Was it weird for you? Usually here in Upstate New  York, July and August can get pretty humid. My house does not have central air, but we have a window unit for our  bedroom and a portable unit for the downstairs. Typically, we use them maybe 15-20 days of the summer...a few  more for the bedroom (which gets very warm).   This year? We’ve used them each maybe twice. It’s the end of August as I type this and I think this month, the  temperature has surpassed eighty degrees only a few times. Don’t get me wrong. I love that. I do not need it to be  warmer than 75. That is perfect weather for me, so I’ve been loving this summer. But I know people with swimming  pools (two of my sisters) and boats (my cousin) or who live on a lake (my dad) all wish it had been hotter.   I may love the cooler weather, but you know who does not? My tomato plants. My grandma always said  tomatoes need heat, and I think she was right. For the first time in four years, my tomato plants are flourishing.  Flourishing! I have tons of fruit on them. The problem is that all the fruit is still green. I’ve had a few turn red, and  they’ve been delicious, but I’m not optimistic that I’ll get many more before they start rotting. What a bummer.  I just hope this doesn’t mean we have another freezing cold winter. Last winter was awful. And long. And awful.   In other news, I’m about 2/3 of the way through my next novel, titled Zero Visibility. As soon as I’m ready to  share more details (and the cover!), I’ll post it here, so keep checking back.  The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been insane! Have you seen any of them? I admit to initially being  skeptical about the whole thing. The original idea was you either donate $100 to ALS OR you dump a bucket of ice  water on your head. But given the way our society loves social media and posting videos of ourselves on Facebook  for all to see, people seemed to be missing the point. It seemed to be a lot of, “Hey! Watch me dump water on my  head!” and very little check writing. My friend Joy just passed away from ALS in July, and that wound was still fresh  for me. I’m sure it colored my opinion. So I watched, and I waited. And when I saw that the challenge was actually  making a boatload of money for ALS research, I decided I should jump on the bandwagon. Below is my own Ice  Bucket Challenge. Big thanks to Joy’s husband Mike and her daughter Nicole. Mike owns Debergerac Productions  here in Rochester and did all the fancy camerawork and editing. Take a look and please, donate if you can.