Culture | Lifestyle | Seasons

The Wait

Christmas morning for early risers is all about the wait. The scene is set, the stockings are strung by the chimney with care and stuffed full of candy and knickknacks and gift cards. The coffee is made, sipped down, and sometimes made again. The waiting game has begun. Back when the kids were in the…

Seasons

Brighten Up: Winter Solstice 2020

We’ve reached the 21st day of December and the Winter Solstice: the shortest day of the year, and the beginning of brighter days. And today is also the day Jupiter and Saturn have their Great Convergence, but New England looks to be clouded over for this once-every-800-years event. Such is our fate, but at least…

Astronomy | Poetry | Seasons | Stargazing

Planets Dancing

“in other breaking news a silver moon sailed above the world and the only ones who knew it were the ones who looked up” – Kat Lehmann, Small Stones From The River The skies cleared in New England after a day of heavy snow, allowing the few who ventured outside to see the waxing crescent…

Culture | Philosophy | Poetry | Seasons | Travel

White Cap

“I am in love with Oceanlifting her thousands of white hatsin the chop of the storm,or lying smooth and blue, theloveliest bed in the world.” – Mary Oliver, Ocean I anticipate a white cap day on Buzzards Bay as a Nor’easter rolls through. For now the bay is restless but content to let the rain…

Culture | Seasons

The Grinch Seeks the Seashore

“The sea-shore is a sort of neutral ground, a most advantageous point from which to contemplate this world.” – Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod I’m a bit of a contrarian in this family. While others are planning to transform the house into a Christmas wonderland, I’m thinking about cold and isolated beaches. Don’t get me…

Culture | Food | Seasons

Thanksgiving 2020

This morning would normally be abuzz with Thanksgiving runners scrambling out the door to run the Feaster Five in Andover, Massachusetts. They have a virtual race this year, I’m told. I’m not the runner in the household. Normally I’d wish the runners good luck and focus on other things. For I have other obligations on…

Birds | Philosophy | Seasons

Good Forever

“There is no past and no future; no one has ever entered those two imaginary kingdoms. There is only the present. Do not worry about the future, because there is no future. Live in the present and for the present, and if your present is good, then it is good forever.” – Leo Tolstoy Here…