Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day, New England style

On my way to Newburyport's Memorial Day ceremonies, I walked past the home of my neighbor, Barbara Oswald,  and was delighted to see this huge American flag flying.  She told me it once draped the coffin of her dad, a veteran, and she's been flying it every patriotic holiday since he passed away in 1979.

 A young dad and his child listen to the speeches at City Hall.

Local artist Alan Bull captures the scene.

This cannon serves better as something for kids to climb on than as a weapon, (just my opinion...)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pet Eggs

When a garage-door opener stops working, it can be a good thing- for a mother robin looking for a place to build her nest.  My friend Trudy, the animal lover,  discovered this bird in her garage, and right away started bringing worms to her.  She even provided her with a bird bath! 

 I wonder how the robin will feel after her baby birds become appetizers for Trudy's two cats!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Bingo today?

These nice folks who live at Heritage Towers in Amesbury, MA,  listened to us reading from our book, Carried Away-True Stories From Letter Carriers Across America.  I hope we were at least as entertaining as BINGO.

Kate Drury, (right) reading a story from our book.

They're lining up to buy the book!

I think they like it!

Photos courtesy of NJ Anderson.   Thanks, Nance!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Quaint New England.....
not really!

This lovely cottage is just a stone's throw from my friend Kate's house on Ring's Island (settled in 1642.)  I've always thought, "Oh, how nice- Edna St. Vincent Millay lived here.  What a perfect house for a lady poet."

Then I did a little research on Ms. Millay. She was anything but staid and sweet. She was brilliant and wild and she had a short, controversial and difficult life.  She lived in this house briefly as a child- one of the many places her mother brought her three daughters to live with relatives after she was divorced (at the turn of the century!) The one constant in Edna St. Vincent Millay's life was the love and inspiration of her mother, who encouraged her to pursue poetry when she was a teenager, which led to her literary success.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) was an American lyrical poet and playwright and the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She was also known for her unconventional, bohemian lifestyle and her many love affairs.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Return to the Scene

I had such fun watching the Essex River Race last weekend,  I thought it would be a good idea to go back and paddle it on a Monday, when the river was empty (except for the nesting osprey and other birds...)  Thank you, Jo-Ann, for the great trip idea and the good company!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

"I like to watch."  Chauncey Gardner in Being There by Jerzy Kosinski

Essex River Race, Essex, MA

In 2008, I paddled in this race....and came in last!
Today, I went to watch this year's race, and stood next to the woman who came in last in 2009. What a coincidence! We both agreed it was more fun to be a spectator, especially on a  day like today, which looks beautiful, if you can ignore the wind (15-20 mph. ) I think I am an official Fair Weather Paddler.

The Essex River flows into the Atlantic Ocean, just behind Crane's Beach in Ipswich.  Gorgeous!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

If they build it.....

...I will climb!

Someone went to the effort and expense to build this fake rock face right in the middle of a local park, so the least I could do was to climb up on top of it and have a look around.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I need a Star Map of Newburyport

Now, if I lived in Beverly Hills, there would be "star maps" for sale to show me where the famous people live (or used to live.)
But here in Newburyport, I stumble on places where remarkable people lived or visited even when I'm not looking for them. Frederick Douglass!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Carried Away gets real!

 The Carried Away team (Kate Drury, NJ Anderson and I ) took our little book out into the real world yesterday to read some stories at a local bookshop, and...they liked it- they really liked it!  People showed up (whew!) They laughed, they applauded, and, best of all, they bought a whole bunch of copies!