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Monday, 31 August 2015

In August I learned a roundabout number of things





In August I learned

that the chairs don't have to match

sometimes it's enough just to have a place

to plant your ass and watch the view


 1 -In August I learned that you can never give out too many second chances ~or third, or fourth,

or fifth chances for that matter. In fact, you can never run out of chances to give. It isn't really about

the number of chances you give a person. It isn't even really about whether or not they ever "get it".

The only thing that matters is that you are giving. Because you just never know when a miracle

might occur...and when it does, you want to be on the side that didn't give up and walk away.

2 -In August, I learned that when I begin to accept who I am and who I have been, I am able to become

a better me than I was before.

3 - In August I learned that when eating on paper plates if you put your little rectangle of butter (you

know the kind wrapped in foil) under your plate for a bit, the warmth of the food makes the butter soft

so you can spread it more easily.

4 -In August I learned that my mother's older sister died - which means that my mother is getting to the

age where we ponder those things in the back of our minds. At my aunt's funeral I was reminded of

how strange it is that we all have this extended family that we don't always see very often, but are all

 connected to each other by blood and memories.

5 -In August, I learned that a very old friend had taken his own life. I learned that friends are the family

we choose. I learned that when you've been friends with a person for over a quarter of a lifetime...they

they become like family and you share your joys and sorrows with them. I think we mark our time here

with "where we were" and "who we were with" when certain moments occur. To have a group of friends

that are like family, that you can share the map of your life with is a very special blessing


6 -In August, I learned that Jane Austen's "Emma" is much longer than I had thought it to be and that I

will not be reading the entire thing, and Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice in one month.

7 -In August, I learned that there are things I just know even though I don't know why I know them. I

know that shells grow....but for the life of me, I can't remember how. Regardless of how many times I

am asked by two particular little boys....I just know, that's all.

Also...there is a very good possibility that this is the world's smallest sea shell.  






OK....that's what I've got. I'm sure there are other things I've learned in the past 31 days but....I've

forgotten them -at least for the time being. It's all right though, I'll learn more.



What We Learned in August

31 August


morning sunlight

welcome in

31 August

the good

wooden ships on the water-hearts of stone-second line-bicycle baskets of zinnias-sand dollar memories-sweet Bons in her fairy garden-spunky Hannah jumps the wharf-seashell banners-walking back from the quarries

August memories



the fun

~sitting on the dock of the bay...

The sun has officially gone down on the summer season of wharf-rat

school starts here on Tomorrow

not to worry though -

these marvelous children squeezed out every last drop of summer



the random

yeah....because this one certainly made me smile



sand dollar macro

to see a world in a grain of sand...



Sunday, 30 August 2015

30 August



What I'm doing today

so I've been watching the boys at the wharf

they play wall-ball and rag-tag

and generally rule the universe

in the way that kids do at the end of summer days.



Inside

sunset in the living room




Candid

my beautiful daughter, Hannah.

It's very difficult to catch a candid shot of her...

She had just jumped off the wharf and was watching

one of the boys do something silly

I could have used this picture for natural light as well



Yum

a bit of a break from the frisbee game for some candy time


Natural light

foggy sunrise





Friday, 28 August 2015

at the end of August

one day...



this sort of splintered-serendipitous family that i belong to

we ride our bikes in the morning.

the path through the wood comes out at the park

and I ride over the grass and around the swings

to the community gardens

where i fill my wicker basket with eggplant, and squash, and tomatoes...

so many tomatoes this time of year....

and a small bouquet of zinnias for an olden jelly jar on the sunny windowsill in the kitchen


the boys leave their bikes on the side of the wharf

and spend the morning playing

wall-ball and rag-tag 

wharf style

like their daddy did - and his dad before him



 at lunch time

every one squeezes into one table at Captain's Pizza 

for a slice and a coca-cola

and late afternoon finds me tossing chopped vegetables 

into a roasting pan...

enough for a day or two 

because they are so very tasty

and because it is rather a lot of energy to keep up with two young-ish boys 

and there is still the snorkeling to get to

before end of day





Thursday, 27 August 2015

27 August





In Marjoram park there are two beautiful benches

They sit at the top of a windy path looking out at the wharf,

and over the Atlantic at the Boston skyline


One of them has a dedication plaque on in 

the very old fashioned names of a couple

"their love for each other and the sea"

it is my habit to leave a gift for them....

a heart shaped stone, a seashell from the beach below,

two acorns clinging to a twig

this day I picked a crab apple from the ground under the tree

that grows at the bottom of the park

I left it on their bench and wandered around a bit 

making pictures here and there

when I came back to the bench to sit and enjoy the view I noticed

that a tiny curling oak leaf

had floated down and landed just so next to the apple

almost as if, I too, had been left a gift.


I remember I had a candle scented -apple and oak- once

I am going out later this afternoon to see if I can find another one. 

I think it's by Yankee Candle although I like Village Candle company the best.



When I walked the beach this morning, I needed a sweatshirt over my sundress.


In just a few weeks the school bus will be stopping in front of the house

to pick up the teenagers heading off-island to the high-school in the next town.


Evening settles earlier 

and the wild roses on the beach path are all hips now

bright red and orange

bittersweet is berrying

in the dune grasses

and poison ivy is turning that scarlet color as it winds its way along the roadsides


this is the time of year I wish would move the slowest

every day a week of days....

every evening lingering in the gloaming 

until I can hardly stand it

and turn toward the quilts on my bed 


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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

26 August


Summer's lease hath all too short a date -Shakespeare


100 acorns

 gathering a harvest of peace

~~~
 the light begins to wane

above this rather tiny island

chestnuts and beeches letting loose 

their harvest


 oaken leaves that just begin to curl

goldenrod and yellow asters

 and sumac turning orange

painting the landscape at Marjoram park


when we bring them home

 we lay them on the nature table

a gentle reminder that seasons are circular...

the earth spins

and with it 

trees, and leaves, and seeds, and pods

small boys, maturing young women

and olden people

who lived long ago

in a land without wi-fi.
 
we light the candles on the dinner table

we share our daily highs and lows

and savor these last few weeks


before school starts....


t
~~~

Hereafter, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter,

and day and night shall not cease, so long as the earth remaineth.

Genesis 8:22

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Tuesday Afternoon





I give thanks to the waves upholding me
Hail the great winds urging me on
Greet the infinite sea before me
Sing the sky my sailor's song
I was born upon the fathoms
Never harbor or port have I known
The wide universe is the ocean I travel
And the earth is my blue boat home

Peter Mayer

 

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because this brilliant piece of driftwood

that some beautiful soul

created a magical sailboat from

was once a tree growing

who knows where




Monday, 24 August 2015

24 August






the good

a paddle from a yard sale, a ball from the beach, 

a free concert across the street

makes for a very good eveing






the fun

we went to a reggae show just across the street 

at the old coast guard station

it was a pleasant evening to be out of doors, a fun band

and the people watching was extraordinary!


the random

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Tuesday afternoon




t
~~~~~~~
"My words are tied in one with the great mountains,
with the great rocks, with the great trees, in one with my body and heart.
All of you see me, one with this world."

Yokuts Prayer


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Monday, 17 August 2015

17 August



The Salem Jazz and Soul Fest


the fun


Every summer for the past 9 summers

the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival comes to town

My brother was one of the founders of this wonderful event!

Musicians from all over the country

come to play on the stage at the beautiful Salem Willows

The entire weekend is open and free to the public.

Donations are encouraged and there are all kinds of fantastic vendors

In addition to the main event in August, there are smaller concerts around Salem

through out the summer.

All proceeds go to the Salem public school music education department.  

Each year the SJSF gives thousands of dollars back into the music community

and puts on great shows at no charge to the public!


the good

Salem Willows is a park that sits on the edge of the Atlantic ocean

you can see the beautiful sailboats and feel the sweet ocean breeze all afternoon


the random

my brother 

working on the day of the festival




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