Greg Erlandson: A news junkie hits the beach

More and more people are telling me that they just can’t take the news anymore. The chronicle of disasters, offenses, tragedies, outrages and impending crises is sapping our spirits.

John Garvey: Summer at the lake

I used to feel inadequate about our holiday plans. Going to the lake was so prosaic. But I have concluded that there is a kind of equilibrium at work in the matter of vacation choices.