Mid-June, if all goes according to climate tradition, tradition not being written in stone, there’s a build up of humidity here in my adopted hometown of Tucson. For those of us who have lived here and back on the East Coast we can feel the slight difference. Then, when the humidity is 35% during monsoon season, many Tucsonans are “sweltering,” we nod knowingly with fellow East Coasters. Ha! Try New York City in July. 

Last week we had temps over 108°. Today it’s only 100°. As I look out my office window, the afternoon monsoon sky is darkening accompanied by distant rumblings of thunder.

I don’t really need heavy, humid heat to remind me of East Coast summers. On the first day of summer I always, and I mean always, think of Miller Place. My well-worn copy of my memoir  Thinking of Miller Place:; A Memoir of Summer Comfort is on my bedside table. 

 The first edition was November 2007 – 18 years ago.




I loved those first three years after the book launch, sharing my book with classes, groups, and clubs. If you’re at this early stage in your marketing, grab the opportunities. it’s a blast!







When we moved to Tucson Arizona, an updated edition came out in April 2016 – 8 years ago. It’s been quite a journey – meeting wonderful supporters, readers, speaking to book groups, seniors, Miller Place residents, and aspiring writers from ages 5 (yes) to 85. I recommend it to all writers.











Some summer evenings I think I’ll just scan one chapter of MP and I’m taken back to the 1950’s and spending entire summers on the North Shore of Long Island, NY – with seemingly endless days climbing trees, picking raspberries, shucking corn for Sunday cookouts, and diving off the rocks at the Woodhull Landing Beach. Always with my Finn and our friends. 

We deal with Tucson summer heat with a/c, cool drinks and our “spool,” and humor. 

Meanwhile I’ve always got my copy of Thinking of Miller Place. Heat getting to you? Pull out your copy, get one at Amazon, or contact me to purchase a copy. I’ll cover shipping.


Happy Summer, wherever you are!!

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and her writing life. She retired after 30 years of teaching, and semi-retired from coaching, and professional editing. Founder of the Eastside Writing Room based in Tucson AZ, she’s posted 100s of blogs, and is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. These days she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, teaching about the power of words, gather writers together, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys speaking and storytelling at Odyssey Storytelling, Artists Standing Strong Together, Center for Spiritual Living Tucson, and anywhere there’s a mic or a Zoom room.