Author Archives: boomergirl47

About boomergirl47

Retired from the University of South Florida. Love reading, writing, hiking, nature, music, birding, puttering around the house and yard.

Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #8

The seventh excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose is taken from “Among the Isles of Shoals,” written in 1893 by Celia Thaxter, about her delight-filled childhood as a lighthouse keeper’s daughter on the Isles of Shoals, a group of … Continue reading

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Greek Pastry Shop in Tarpon Springs

She handed us our change and out of the blue began telling us her husband had just adopted a puppy, launching us into the story in her thick runaway accent. They already had an older dog, but it liked the … Continue reading

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The Couple at The Starfish Company

She was blonde and plump and pleasant, and asked if they could share our table on the wharf. Sure, said I, caught by surprise. We started jabbering and found much in common: college jobs, December birthdays, our men both Tonys. … Continue reading

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Older Man

I’m afraid to give myself to a man who will be old before me. I want to share my golden years with you, rocking on the porch, sipping iced tea, laughing with you. If I say yes to you I’ll … Continue reading

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Dancin’ with my Guy

You’re sitting on the sofa reading, radio playing. Then, over running water, and clanking dishes I hear our song, and moving to my dining room dance floor begin my solitary dance– the one I dance with my invisible Romeo when … Continue reading

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Body Surfer

I emerged from my umbrella-shade and strolled to the water’s edge, watching you, a human surfboard, coasting in to shore at the end of your glide. On a whim, I planted my feet where I thought you would land, straddling … Continue reading

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A Thin Place

We were canoeing down the river on a perfect April day and there was something palpable in the air. What mystics call “a thin place.” My canoe partner told me that when he and his now-departed wife were canoeing down … Continue reading

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Serenade

With morning’s bright song in my step, taking me three miles out and back, and then — a mockingbird singing. Somewhere very close. I stop dead. There she is in the middle of the fence-climbing shrub, by the sidewalk. Almost … Continue reading

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Diamond Dust

Diamond dust. Isn’t that a pretty name? It sounds magical, like something a fairy would sprinkle from a magic wand. But this was a real thing. No magic needed. Only the right temperature to crystallize fog. I saw it twinkling, … Continue reading

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Cape Cod Girl

My friend is trying to find a mystery girl. Back in the 70s, when he was an aspiring young photographer, complete with free-spirit and long ponytail, he went around Cape Cod with cameras slung around his neck, out to see … Continue reading

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