On sail

captain maurac

There are two kinds of sailboats I know a small something about. The first is the Sunfish, boat of my youth. I sort of learned to sail it, by trial and (mostly) error, as a kid, when my family vacationed lakeside, here on Cape Cod. The second is a frigate, circa 1800, which I learned […]

The varnishing point

varnishing

In spring, pretty much everyone – me included – is talking about spring. But can we get serious about seasons for just a minute? Because, really, there are only two, neither of which is spring. There is Not Nearly Enough, and then there is Much Too Much. Because that is how the cycle of food […]

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 […]

Fishing for glory

Amy and her 12-pound bluefish

We fished in a tournament yesterday, and we lost. The tournament was the annual Ladies Shoal Troll, a benefit for breast cancer research. Only women can fish, although men can (and do) captain the boats. Kevin and I invited our friends Amy and Beth to come with us. This was a strategic maneuver. Amy owns […]

Putting the DIY in dinghy

Note the scuppers

It has been hot the last couple of days, and Kevin and I have been spending a lot of time in or near the 110-acre pond that is our backyard. The breeze comes off it, up the slope to our house, and keeps us a good ten degrees cooler here than the people at, say, […]