Walking away from Moonstone Beach in the late afternoon, I look to the east, to my right. Looking upward in the wires, I look to check for fishing lines and a lure. They are there, always different, but always there from someone's errant cast.
This is Card's Pond. This is on the small pedestrian causeway that allows access to Moonstone Beach. It is always calm and serene due to its protection from almost all winds.
Cards Pond is a transitional life metaphor. It's that place that we do not our destination but serves as a transition point that sets our attitudes. We go to the beach with anticipation of a pleasant experience. We leave having had that experience. Somehow, this serene image is what anchors our attitudes hours and days later.
Serenity and peace of mind are the u
Introduction: Day trips from Phoenix to beat the heat I swear to Cher ………… if I ever hear someone who has never visited Arizona in the summer try to justify the blaze by saying, “It’s a dry heat though,” …..I may lose my freakin’ marbles. With sizzlin’ temperatures that make it possible to fry anContinue reading "Day trips from Phoenix to beat the heat"
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I took a photo of a garden gnome in West Kingston, RI only to find out that it has become a symbol of a contemporary issue. Yes, a symbol or victim of my other profession of maritime transit. Recently (as of April 2021), there was a ship that blocked the Suez Canal in the Middle East.
The ship that blocked the Suez Canal is free now. Well, the ship is under arrest (one arrests the personality of a ship under Admiralty Law). There will be many issues to settle including the issue of "General Average".
But as a result of this global trade "hiccup", there is now a global shortage of garden gnomes. You can read more here: Gnome shortage: Lockdown and Suez canal blockage blamed - BBC News
So, protect and appreciate your gnomes. They may become sought after commodities.
Introduction: Best travel handbags + backpacks + luggage for the fashionable gypsy There are few essentials that I need when going on an adventure, and after writing my blog post, “Travel size beauty products I geek out on,” I thought it was important to create a list of the best travel handbags for women. AfterContinue reading "Best travel handbags for the traveling gypsy"
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"The older I grow the more do I love spring and spring flowers. Is it so with you?" ~ Emily Dickinson
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Blossoming PinkPink flowers in spring
The sun's descent is a little bit later in April. Its special light gives soft illumination to the changes that April brings. Changes that we have awaited with tense patience since the end of winter.
We wait, watch, and anticipate as we watch our favorite plantings. Passing a favored bush, we check for the potential of buds daily. Then they appear. It's not overnight. The perception is that the slow progress may not be happening, but it is. And then, the glorious color of pink appears. It is here. In the soft afternoon light, the harbinger of true spring i
We’ve all seen the stories in the news. Someone starts from nothing and ends up filthy stinkin’ rich. What luck right? Wrong. More often than not, getting rich isn’t done by winning the lottery, having a rich relative leave you a ton of money, or some other lucky break. How it’s typically done is through …
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Introduction: There are two types of people in this world: those who pack their suitcase a few days before their trip and those who pack at the very last minute. I’m the latter. Laying down the groundwork for travel outfits a mere 12 hours before jet-set is stressful enough for the Fashionista, but I’d argueContinue reading "One bag travel tips: a packing checklist for the minimalist traveler"
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“Spring: A lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.”
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Pink Flowers In Fluffy HailFlowing bush in rain and snow
The flowers bloom and then fluffy hail falls from the Rhode Island sky. What is "fluffy hail", you ask? I see that hand at the back of the room. "Fluffy hail" falls from the sky like the snow of winter, but one is so looking forward to spring that they enter a denial.
So these flowers are not covered in melting snow in April. This is melting fluffy hail. The denial embraced in full. The beauty is not diminished.
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Pink Flowers In SnowFlowering bush in rain and snow
Most of us have to work a day job. We have bills to pay and mouths to feed. But that doesn’t mean we have to take whatever they offer us. Many companies offer incredible perks and benefits that help take the sting out of working. Other perks at work seem nice on the outside but …
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Allen Harbor Scallop ShellScallop shell in bluestone
Scallop shell in bluestone
There is a reason why I make certain distinctions. I realize that the waterfront is on the shoreline. But, there is something distinctive about the waterfront. The connotation of waterfront, if not denotation, is something akin to a utility. Related to utility is work. The waterfront is where things happen.
This work and utility thoughts lead us to a scallop shell cast among bluestone or Belgian Stone. The stone is the edging brought in to stabilize the soil near docks and piers. The scallop shell is the remnant of work (and someone's tasty meal). It's not on the beach and it's not on the shoreline per se. No.