My editors have always urged me not to write during vacation.

They are right. Shouldn’t work when I’m supposed to be unplugged.

Still, I can’t help but keep up with social media and email on the road. It would be insane not to do so. Can you imagine what would be waiting for me on return?

Also, I stay current with the Statesman and other publications on my digital devices. That’s a pleasurable habit that comes with no downside during vacation.

So this note is really to warn you that Out & About will be on sabbatical for the next few weeks. Now, keep an eye out for stories already written for the Statesman that are set for publication during that period.

Pictured here is a view from our cabin in Maine, taken by dear friend Paul Talley. Also with us in backwoods are Doug Sparke, Carol Cosenza, Sal Di Cecca, Rob Kendrick, Joe Starr, Lawrence Morgan and, of course, my husband, Kip Keller.

This will be our fourth summer retreat to this particular cabin on Black Pond in the foothills above Augusta. We have the lake to ourselves, thanks to a nature preserve on the other side. We hope our fantastic landlords will spend more time with us this year.

Kip, Lawrence and I tend to bookend our Maine time with several days in Boston. This has become one of our favorite North American cities, up there with San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Vancouver, B.C. Fantastic food, museums, public works. Also hope to revisit the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, a model urban recovery project.