“What do you like best about school?” she asked her youngest son. “Recess,” he answered. And she got it. Don’t we all long for and miss those spaces in between the schedules, classes, expectations, deadlines, HOMEWORK?! That’s when she called her friend and they decided to make this beginning school year a balance between work and play. Why not Fall into the coming holidays with ease and some unfrenetic time-outings? Two families gathered the kids together, along with school books, tons of food, a few musical instruments and booked a desert “recess” at the glorious Joshua Tree Oasis vacation retreat.