Well I am back from my relaxing summer at the beach. I went from the last day of school, to Minneapolis for the ASCA Conference, to the Eastern Shore. I did want to congratulate everyone who put together the Conference. It was one of the best professional development experiences of my career. The three general sessions were among the best I have ever attended. If you missed the conference you can still read the books by these inspiring individuals: Dan Savage, Stacey Bess, and Jamie Vollmer. My 3 favorite things about the conference were: 1) getting to hear Julia Cook read aloud some of her amazing books; 2) seeing two of my former graduate students achieve RAMP; and 3) the positive feedback I received from participants at my own session. I hope you will try to attend the 2013 Conference in Philadelphia, I know I am planning to attend.