Adventures In Coastal Living

I lived on the coast most of my life. My memories of places, people and events frame these stories. I always start with something true…but, I sometimes wander off a bit.

The Woodbox

While we had been courting visits to grandmother during the winter had required heating soapstone bedwarmers on the stove and putting them in the bed before retiring.

REO

Spinney, a dedicated deacon in his church, took the old testament injunction to heart: “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.”

Light Air

Sultry is not the usual term used for days on the coast. The realtors, tourist industry, and boat brokers want you to think about cooling breezes, glorious summer sunsets on the beach, and romantic dinners at outside venues.

Entangle

Unlike a three-year-old, I realized that a good captain doesn’t trust a green hand without verifying the work done and undone.

Roll

Find a warm berth in some shoreside cafe, get a mug of coffee, and watch the inevitable.

Two Friendship sloops awaiting restoration.

Labor Day

I was not a native, but I was not a New Yorker anymore, either.

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