Saturday, May 28, 2016

How To Get Your Cardio and Kill Your Dog on the Same Hot Summer Day: An Essay by Michael Rowe

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

Single Image: Nobleboro Grange, Early 1970's

Original Photograph of Original Photograph from Archives

Boat Shoes and Shoes on Boats

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:

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 <> (Beston dropped “Sheahan” in his thirties), Northern Farm 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New Hampshire's Cog Railway, Late 1960's

Original Photographs from Archives

Monday, May 23, 2016

Customize Your Nautical Chart Cufflinks, York River Traders, Made in USA

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.

For God, For Country, For Yale, and For the Hell of It

Original Photograph from Archives
Today, "Yale graduation to include first ROTC graduates since 70s".

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bee Hive Intervention

Nephrology Researcher by Day;  Entomologist/Bee Keeper in his Spare Time. 
This has not been a great decade for bees.
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.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Single Image: The Queue

Original Photograph from Archives

Single Image: A Cool May

Armed Forces Day, 1962

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

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Single Image: Heron Nests, Islesboro, Maine, Late 1960's

Original Photograph from Archives

Single Image: Maine Windjammer

Original Photograph from Archives

Dock Work and Pilings

Docks Put In,...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Single Image: Watching

 Poet Robert Frost, Philanthropist Paul Mellon and Choate Headmaster Seymour St. John; Original Photograph from Archives  

The Robyn Navy Chore Coat for Women from Tradlands - Made in the U.S.A.

Made in the U.S.A. - Shown here in size Large
Tradlands has introduced their new chore coat,  The Robyn Navy. It is made of a hearty 10 oz. heavy cotton duck fabric, is water resistant, and comes in a terrific shade of Navy.
  • Use code "saltwater" for $25 off at the Tradlands website, good through May 31st.
 (See also the Robyn Carmel <>.)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Single Image: On the Water

Maine Coast Island

“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