Sunday, May 29, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
|The Author's Dog, Beckett|
I was closer to murder this evening than I generally care to be.
I live in a leafy enclave of a major city. It's a hip neighbourhood—a nice mix of progressive, well-educated young couples, retirees, and a smattering of young families. In the winter, kids and their parents toboggan on a nearby hill. There are two beautiful parks that are always full. It's a nice community full of nice people, for the most part.
Friday, May 27, 2016
|Women's Bluefish and Men's Billfish|
Quoddy is currently running their first ever sale on their Made To Order (MTO) Boat Mocs - $269, down from $325 - now through June 5, 2016.
Boat shoes are an iconic style, made by a variety of vendors. Boat shoes and shoes on boats are chosen for different reasons.
For example, some opinions include:
Our bowman on our Newport to Bermuda bound race boat swears by his Dubarry boots for a secure safe grip on a wet foredeck, warmth in cold weather, and dryness; they are light enough in weight to assure his nimbleness as well, Those leather mocs that Sperry makes are comfy ashore or out for a day sail on a perfect summer day, but many sailors change them at the dock before boarding for more rugged sailing shoes that both dry quickly when wet with salt water (leather shoes take forever to dry) and are also less slippery. As soon as you wear those Sperry mocs ashore you degrade the sole, they take a beating on gravel or pavement and are soon unreliable. I like the Sperry ASVs, others swear by Rugged Sharks and Harken, Musto, Gill, and Henri Lloyd all make excellent boat shoes. (Hearthstone Farm, June 4, 2014)
I wear Sperry Billfish now but mainly for their versatility. For true boating wear, I don't think that these are any better than the old Tretorn canvas pair that survived my tennis. The Converse All-Stars were great shoes but not the best on wet deck where the Tretorns pulled through just fine. I should get another pair of those.:) (James, June 4, 2014)
The [Sperry] Gold Cup are certainly more comfortable than the original AOs (blame the tautology on Sperry, not me) . Quoddys are great if you can spend that much. Rancourt is another good company for shoes made in Maine; worth spending time with either company discussing sizing before placing an order. (John G, June 4, 2014)Some boat shoe providers are:
- Dubarry <http://www.dubarry.us/helmsman-boat-shoe>
- Sperry Gold cup topsiders at Nobby <http://nobbyshop.com/collections/shoes/products/sperry-topsider-gold-cup>
Thursday, May 26, 2016
...An excellent corrective of the urban vocabulary of abstractions and of emotion disguised as thinking
|Henry Beston's Northern Farm (Chimney Farm), Nobleboro, Maine - Original 1970's Photograph from Archives|
When I am here by myself, and the small dog and I share together the too-quiet evening and the open fire, I read the agricultural papers and journals which have been put aside in the kitchen cupboard for just such a solitary night. I never read through such a basketful without being struck by the good, sound, honest English of the writing, by the directness and simplicity of the narratives, and by the skill and forthright vigor of the arguments. Whether the topic be tomatoes or ten-penny nails, their writers know how to say things and say them well.
I am glad that the country world thus retains a power to use our English tongue. It is a part of its sense of reality, of its vocabulary of definite terms, and of its habits of earthly commonsense. I find this country writing an excellent corrective of the urban vocabulary of abstractions and of the emotion disguised as thinking which abstractions and humbug have loosed upon the world.
- Henry Beston Sheahan, Harvard Class of ’09 <http://harvardmagazine.com/2013/09/vita-henry-beston-sheahan> (Beston dropped “Sheahan” in his thirties), Northern Farm
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
If someone you know has a meaningful nautical location (family home, favorite island, epic accident), one thoughtful way to memorialize it is through York River Trader's custom nautical chart cufflinks and black tie stud set.
|Original Photograph from Archives|
A Few Similar Entries by Topic: Around Ivy League Traditions
Sunday, May 22, 2016
|Nephrology Researcher by Day; Entomologist/Bee Keeper in his Spare Time.|
- The Guardian: 28% of US bees wiped out this winter, suggesting bigger environmental issues <http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/11/bee-colony-deaths-environmental-problems>
And one person noted that some lilacs - that every other year had attracted hundreds or thousands of bees - have been completely quiet so far this year.
A Few Similar Entries by Topic: Around Agrarian Pursuits
Saturday, May 21, 2016
|Original Photographs from Archives|
"President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country". - Department of Defense
Friday, May 20, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
|Poet Robert Frost, Philanthropist Paul Mellon and Choate Headmaster Seymour St. John; Original Photograph from Archives|
|Made in the U.S.A. - Shown here in size Large|
- The Robyn Navy <https://tradlands.com/products/the-robyn-navy>
- Use code "saltwater" for $25 off at the Tradlands website, good through May 31st.
(See also the Robyn Carmel <http://tradlands.com/products/the-robyn-carmel>.)
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring