Darwin and me

Our neighbor, Scott Laurie of Spring Creek Oyster

Were we to put forth nominees for Most Influential Scientist Ever, I suspect many of you would, like me, be pulling for Charles Darwin. That such a straightforward hypothesis about how we, all of us, came to be the way we are had the power to fundamentally change our understanding of the world around us! […]

Oyster season begins

Tanya and Kevin with 6000 oysters, in January

It was just over two months ago that Kevin and I took last season’s last trip out to the oysters. We had taken in almost all the equipment, and the last job was consolidating the 10,000 almost-legal oysters into densely packed trays, pushed deep into the ground. We take our equipment in because ice in […]

Fear itself

Trays, safely stowed in the turkey pen

I’m suspicious of emotions. Always have been. Seems to me they’re more likely to make you say the wrong thing, date the wrong guy, or believe the wrong idea than they are to bring you joy, give you peace, or improve you in any way. The downside of anger, jealousy, and distress vastly outweighs the […]

Contain yourself


I’ve got a question. What was the most important invention of the 20th century? There’s a lot to choose from. There are the usual suspects, like the airplane, the computer, or the Internet, but picking one of those gives short shrift to the many other standouts that help get us through each day – starting […]

Time, tide, and temperature

Oyster seed, day one

It’s been hot here. The average highs on Cape Cod through most of July and August are in the seventies. The high seventies, mostly, but even the high seventies are pretty moderate, by summer standards. This year, though, we’re seeing way too many nineties. Kevin, who doesn’t tolerate heat well, has tried to get it […]