Massachusetts

When Ferry Came to Town

When Ferry Came to Town

I returned to Seoul two weeks ago, but my mind is still planted firmly in Massachusetts. That’s why it was a little bit like Christmas morning to pick up my latest batch of film from the lab, which included these photos from the day Mr. Ferry came to Rockport. We did not eat ice cream, […]


Wellfleet

Wellfleet

In the late 1950s, my grandparents began a yearly tradition of renting a small cottage on the Cape Cod National Seashore, escaping New Jersey’s heavy summer humidity for a few weeks on the open Atlantic shore. Each year, they would bring my father and his younger siblings until they began to move away to start […]


Wingaersheek

Wingaersheek

We’ve been having fantastic beach weather this summer on the North Shore, and it’s been the kind with piercing blue skies. My favorite time of day to hit the beach is late in the afternoon, when most people are starting to pack up and head home. The sun is more golden, the water is warmer, […]


The Living is Easy

The Living is Easy

Perhaps a bit too easy.  These are days that roll into one another and back out again, just like the tide. A weekend begins as a blank slate, with no fixed plans, yet by Sunday evening ends with pink noses, salty hair, sandy ankles, bellies full, beach time and picnic time, an endless parade of […]


Friday Night Delights

Friday Night Delights

For me, summer doesn’t begin until that first fried clam plate. And if I happen to be landlocked in a city


Bookworm

Bookworm

Madelyne is my little bookworm. It is a quality I admire in an individual, especially a seven-year-old. She was prodded repeatedly to “put down the book and join the conversation,”


Spoiled

Spoiled

Sometimes you really don’t know what you have had until it’s 6800 miles and 13 time zones away. Thanks to jet lag, I’ve been wide awake at 5:30 or 6 am every morning since I’ve been home. The weather so far has been outstanding, so I’ve been itching to get out and down to the […]


Perfect

Perfect

In case you didn’t know, the perfect day includes: A latte your father made with homefries your mother made. Salty hair and sandy toes. Small ones collecting crabs and shells in the tidepools. A Cheez-It or two. The sound of the waves and distant laughter when you are falling asleep in the sand with an […]


Boston

Boston

I learned a lot of things at home this summer, but the most important things were these: I am excellent at Wii Golf. Just like a good little Birdie. Or perhaps an Eagle. Former state prisons make excellent boutique hotels and fancy bars. There is not a suitcase big enough to get everything I need […]


The Law of Reversed Effort

The Law of Reversed Effort

When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink. But when you try to sink, you float. Alan Watts


Into the Future and Out of the Past

Into the Future and Out of the Past

Things are moving… Into the future and out of the past, into the future and out of the past. Ryan Adams Jacksonville City Nights