Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the cool, breezy, rather windy overcast island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Tuesday morning, the 12th day of June, 2012, another stellar day on Cape, Cotuit to be precise, ‘where the ocean meets the wood’… Yesterday and this past week end were perhaps the most beautiful days WE have seen on this little sand bar created 11,500 years ago by The Last Great Ice Age thus far this year, as the sun was out, people were on the beach, kids were playing in the sand, young golden lab puppies jumping in and out of the salty water for their first time, yes sir, a real hint on things to come…, so I will say it once again, ‘come on down and visit US, we’ll leave the LIGHT on for YA!’ Speaking of Lights, check out Nantucket island this summer, should you dare, venturing to that far away island eventually named “Nantucket”. Looking up at that famous harbor and some goof ball posing in front of perhaps the most expensive place to ‘paaark your yacht’ in the world–Nantucket Harbor. Nantucket is an interesting place, full of natural beauty, amazing beaches, such as Madakat and Surfside, all the way to the other side of the island where that long abandoned beach that leads up to Great Point Light looks vulnerable and pristine in the shimmering summer sun. Sankaty is another Lighthouse that is worth noting, as it’s red and white pillar stands out as a testimony to the coined “Nantucket Red”, and shines out to all who can SEA what those old world ancestors of ours used to navigate their vessels safely back to that harbor aforementioned so many moons ago. Brandt Point Light, ‘the Lighthouse with nine lives’ is perhaps my favorite, as you can see from the formal picture taken only a few short days ago. This lighthouse was blown down by storms time after time, nine times in fact, over the centuries, and rebuilt better and more beautiful than before. Proving once again the resiliency of the American spirit and the people who embody that spirit. Anytime is a good time to visit Nantucket, winter, spring, summer or fall, remembering that the Lighthouses that dot that little, as the Indians once called it, ‘the far away island’, bring the new and old together evolving from what was once a world famous whaling town to what is now the most expensive zip code in the country, just taking over that top spot from 90210, in Beverly Hills of course. Ah, Nantucket, so many memories, a place I once took a winter sabbatical from the corporate world of employee benefit consulting all over this country, taking a job at Island Airlines and living in an amazing ‘upside down house’ on Surfside, where the only thing between you and Antarctica is about 8000 miles of open ocean. That was back in 1997 and it was not to be, as Al Pacino once said in “The Godfather”, “every time I thought I was out (meaning the corporate golden handcuff), they pulled me back in”, and so, with deep regret, I left that fair island for New York, then Denver, to new ‘corporate gigs’ that awaited me, until, sometime in 2003, July to be precise, I made it back, no real plan this time, yet, somehow I knew my writing career, my photography passion, would somehow blossom in a place I considered to be one of my favorite spots on planet earth, and still do. Again, I want to shout out to 97.7 ACK FM radio, a new great station on that fair island that offers some independent thought and music, not found any longer on the corporate owned airwaves such as ‘Clear Channel’, where a computer talks to you like he is a real person and your buddy, much like the folly of the Supreme Court’s decision in 2010 to give ‘corporations are people too my friend’ (credit Mitt Romney) the same rights as real, live, breathing human beings (Citizens United), effectively taking away right after right–rights that this country was FOUNDED UPON! So God Bless whoever came up with that great station and please keep on keeping on with that great sound you put out over ‘ye ‘ole Nantucket Sound, like a light of LOVE coming from a place I thought I could never love again. Kudos! Have a nice day folks and keep an eye to the sky, for you never know what tomorrow’s weather, or today’s, might bring… PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
June 12, 2012
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