Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun, surf and sky of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the wind/rain swept, relatively warm and rather depressing island of Nantucket! Great to be with you once again on a soggy Saturday afternoon–The Sixteenth Day of January, 2016–coming to you LIVE once again from Historic Hyannis Harbor, ‘down on the docks’ as it were, or is…
This humble? reporter only makes that crack about his favorite island in the Atlantic because he knows first hand what it’s really like on that lonely rock 27 miles out in the Atlantic, especially in the winter months of January and February….
When I first had the notion of being a writer, “…write? write what?!” (credit the film “Burn After Reading”, circa 2008; starring, not in any particular order, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, George Clooney, Brad Pitt), I landed on Nantucket by chance and took a ’sabbatical’ if you will, not by choice mind you, as I was, “in between assignments” (the corporate “employee benefit” world that is, take it easy man…), and thus jumped at the opportunity to live on that fairy tale of an island for a few months–November of 1997 to February of 1998. The name of the game on Nantucket is tourism and land, some boats thrown in for good measure, and in the winter months, it is quite bleak. With the population dwindling down from close to 100,000 in peak summer months to less than 10,000 when the sun is low in the sky, the only social outlets are bars and restaurants, and those are far and few in between. Therefore, one must possess a great deal of discipline if one is to really get any writing done at all;
assuming one can write to begin with…
That long, sometimes lonely winter was one where that question above could only be ventured now, as it is with most things in life. Everything looks better or can be comprehended fully from the benefit of 20/20 hindsight vision! What we SEA presently with OUR limited physical sight is not always what it appears to be!
Have a nice rest of your week end!
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M