Category Archives: seashore

The Surf

First night by the shore, the pounding surf, raw and terrible so close to my bed invaded sleep, became a tidal wave in my dreams. Day three– no longer does the fury disturb me; the power unleashed outside my window … Continue reading

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For Mary Oliver, Poet

Mary Oliver, the poet, died last week at 83. Intensely private, she rarely granted interviews, but I heard one on the radio this morning. When gently probed by her interviewer, she hinted at a dark and menacing childhood, and said … Continue reading

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Afterglow

The sunset starts slowly, unpromising. A little softness, a sheared off cloud with a pinkish base and golden top. I look away~ and when I return there’s a crimson spot peeking beneath the cloud, just a wink of brilliant orange. … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #6

The sixth excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose is from the book, Beauty, by John O’Donohue, an Irish priest, poet and philosopher at the forefront of Celtic spirituality. His best known work is probably Anam Cara, an international bestseller. … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #5

Here’s the fifth excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose. This one is An Unreasonable Woman, by Diane Wilson, a Texas gulf coast shrimp boat captain and mother of five who took on a powerful chemical company when she found … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #4

Here’s the fourth excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose. I picked up a travel magazine in a doctor’s waiting room and was mesmerized by the winter scene described by the writer. From Travel and Leisure Magazine, “Venice at Christmas,”  … Continue reading

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Stoned on Beauty

I saw something intoxicatingly beautiful recently and it reminded me of a book I read years ago.  An old-timey book written in flowery language in the 1800s. The story is a memoir about the author as a young girl living … Continue reading

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