The Dog Days of Summer

dog-days-of-summer1 "Dog Days" refer to the hottest days of summer, usually falling between early July and early September (at least here in the northern hemisphere) There was a heatwave that consumed a significant portion of the states in late July. Yesterday finally broke a near streak of three weeks straight of over 90°F. And, clearly, the temps are affecting me…  My whole blogging schedule has been thrown off recently!

With the temps come the doldrums of lots of summer programming done, maybe more to come (hello World Youth Day) and a busy fall around the corner… These are certainly Dogs Days!

Here are some solutions for relief:

> Celebrate Refreshment. No matter if it is another glass of water (keep hydrated) or a jump in the pool, recognize the holy in the gift of relief.
> Seek dark and cool.  There are many summer movies out.  Tell your co-workers that you are out to check up on some pop culture research and go grab a matinee.
> We often talk of spring cleaning, but with youth ministry summer programming, I’m betting that there is an uptick in programmatic clutter.  Be the heat with an early morning or late night filing and closeting party.
> Intentionally get away. Even if it is for a a few hours, find the beach, the outlet shopping, or the family/friends that deserve a visit and cut yourself a break and head out.

Keep cool, friends!

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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