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Summer sunsets

“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful, but because they are fleeting.” ~Richard Paul Evans

One of my favorite summer rituals is watching the sun set on Lake Michigan. To fully appreciate a sunset, you have to pause on the beach to admire the fiery color show — and stay long enough to see the sun disappear below the horizon. As other beachcombers gather to watch, and sometimes applaud, there’s a brief but lovely sense of community.

Sometimes I’m moved to tears watching the spectacle. As today’s quote suggests, I think of how quickly summertime passes; how every day we have should be savored slowly — and never be taken for granted. ~CL

To read a Michigan BLUE essay inspired by my summer visits to Lake Michigan, please click here.

Photo of Lake Michigan in Glen Arbor by Cindy La Ferle

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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