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Stony Beach, Fishers Island

Natural Beginnings

Our lives present us with many wonderful opportunities – unique circumstances and moments in time that make it possible for us to do something equally wonderful. For me, it would be to share my desire and ability to simply love an Island. I will always be grateful to my Mom who in her own way from the beginning encouraged me to do just that.

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mar
13
Ode To Bird

GUARDIANSHIP

Here on this quiet March morning, rounding the bend by Z&S and Community Center, there perched on a pole, alert and keeping watch – a simple symbol of this guardianship.

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18
Ode To Bird

ODE TO BIRD

His timing was perfect. Last January 19th; I had just about given up wanting to reside on this "God forsaken rock". Life in those moments was one swirl of blizzard with north winds whipping, pipes freezing, a wool hat that was becoming too much a part of me; in a place where "wuthering" really did exist and it wasn't very romantic. I believe he appeared just when we needed each other. His odd sounding pheasant screech was like a precisely set alarm clock every morning. His cocky attitude-flying up against the back door if cracked corn breakfast was late. He was, I think farm raised and put up with my humor-the routine "Come on Bird" with a pronounced southern drawl.

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Listening To Dragonfly

LISTENING TO DRAGONFLY

So transparent your message
On delicate wing
Gift of grace with precision
Poised in these moments you speak
In whirlwind of change,
"To balance so dearly life upon our Island"

jul
15
SILVER EEL COVE: A GOOD READ

SILVER EEL COVE: A GOOD READ

The other morning I was sitting on the bow section of the Race Point ferry - a great seat for observing one of my favorite monitored sites: Silver Eel Cove where I grew up. Back then it was the old Mystic Isle ferry along with the Olinda both on which I looked forward to my big voyage to New London. A lot has changed. I don't dive off the old Navy dock anymore, but it is still standing near the old brick pump house. King Mackerel no longer swarm within the slip during August. But red jelly fish still drift in and often stay. Kids don't spend the day crabbing off the middle dock anymore. They sit there though and use their Smart Phones, then hop on Paddle Boards.

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