Vacations are a necessity of life. Without them we run the risk of becoming stagnant. Vacations stimulate creativity and well-being. We all need time away from the routines and drama of everyday life, time to rejuvenate, to see with new eyes, to relax, unwind and reflect, time to play. . . time. Sadly, the U.S.A. is one of the worst nations/cultures to take time off. People who make it a point to vacation recognize its importance. This is a mental health issue! Our family vacationed every summer for two or three weeks. My fondest childhood memories are of vacations to various parts of the country. Richard and I love our vacations, but sadly don’t take them very often. Here we are in Vermont at the Ben and Jerry’s factory, on our way home from Montreal, Canada. It was a glorious vacation even though taken in winter (Richard’s favorite time of year.) I am ever so grateful for vacations!