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Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Goal Is Not to Stand Out...

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"The goal is not to stand out but to improve the scene you are in."

Friday, June 14, 2019

Whole Wheat, Blueberry, and Banana Muffin Recipe (By Request)

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These muffins are a good every day staple, and also travel well as a hearty snack and substitution for a hotel breakfast.

Lobster Roll at Red's Eats

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Breakfast - A Foolish Consistency

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Our breakfast is consistent day to day, even month to month, with slight variations depending on what fruit is in season. It has several courses, spread out over a few hours (with work in between) and includes coffee, cereal (hold the Roundup), fruit, yogurt, walnuts, hard boiled eggs, and fresh muffins. Almost everything, with the exception of the coffee and the watermelon, is organic.

All things may be always changing all the time, but breakfast seems to serve better as a constant.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Reader Questions: Buying Clothes Online

Here are some amalgamated questions from,  and for,  the community:
 1) How do people who want to avoid the box stores and Amazon find out about new interesting online companies? What are the best ways to find out if an online store is trustworthy?
2) What do people do to make sure they get a good fit when ordering clothes online?   Do they ever contact the company to ask questions?  Are there right or wrong ways of doing that?
3)  Is it better to buy the same product from the company itself or from a distributor like Amazon?

Monday, June 10, 2019

Around Town

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Black and White

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One "In Case You Missed It" and Two "No Worries if You Missed It"

In Case You Missed It (Sent by a reader):
Norman Fortier is best known nationally as a photographer, particularly for his maritime pictures of yachts and regattas taken in and around Buzzards Bay, Narragansett Bay, and other popular waters of New England.  However, Fortier was also a terrific watercol­or painter and his charming renderings of boats, people, and plac­es in his beloved Padanaram and farther afield also benefited from his gifted eye for light and composition.

British Illustrator John Leech (1817 - 1864)

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Hercules 'takes' a Drapers Shop - John Leech

Friday, June 7, 2019

Fresh Broccoli, Spinach and Lettuce

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Apparently, when you bribe your organic farmer friend with a pink York River Traders belt, you can get your just-picked produce before it goes that half mile to the farmers’ market.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

So Many Boats to See...

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 A favorite part of being on the water is the variety of boats encountered.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

All Things Coming or Going Pass Through the Kitchen Table

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Fresh eggs left on the steps today...

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Tea and Tweed

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Cool weather calls for tea and tweed.

RIP Lowell North

Sent by a reader:

Monday, June 3, 2019

Mercer + Quoddy + York River Traders - All Made in the USA

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The air was cool, dry, and breezy for a late afternoon walk at the salt marsh, among the constant calls of the ospreys, the periodic willets, the distinctive red-winged blackbirds, and the always present but always quiet egrets.

Beach Roses Everywhere

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

NY Times: Dry Cleaning Your Wool Sweaters? Don’t Bother.

One of My Childhood Pets (Photo by Salt Water New England)
 In The New York Times <> today:
“Items made from wool, silk, linen, cotton, and other natural fibers usually can be hand washed.”
“Wool is an animal’s hair — they don’t get dry cleaned. They go out in the rain.” 
“[C]heaper, low-quality silks are often less stable than the expensive stuff, so they don’t do as well with hand washing.”

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Pots and Pans

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Good pans last a long time.  The stainless steel are almost thirty years old, and the Le Creuset,  inherited from a grandmother twenty years ago, are older still. 

Aside from a few larger Le Creuset pots, a coffee maker, measuring cups, knives, and a tea kettle, this is pretty much the totality of my kitchen tools.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Nantucket Reds

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Questions about Reds typically include:

1. Are Nantucket Reds the standard, and what are alternatives? What is the difference between Nantucket Reds and Breton Reds?
Regarding Nantucket Red pants and the information you have given your readers in regards to the change in manufacturing of certain companies and other factors, where would you recommend a guy purchase a new pair? I have bought several pairs from the newer lifestyle brand companies but want something more authentic, with a true Nantucket Red color that I will take to a tailor and get fitted appropriately. Any advice you can offer would be great. (Reader Question.)
What is the history of Reds? (A Reader Question) 
2. What can be worn with Nantucket Reds?  How should you wear Reds so as not to look like cosplay or a tourist?

3. Should you cuff Reds?
This summer I bought my almost 17 year old his first pair of Nantucket Reds from Murray's. I did get them cuffed, but they are way too long and I will have to have them hemmed anyway. This summer he rolled them cuff and all and they looked great. However, I began to wonder about them being cuffed...I'm not sure I like them cuffed, what do you think? He doesn't have any other cuffed pants and will be heading to college next year...would hemmed be better? (Reader Question) 
4. When is the correct time of year to wear Reds?

5. Can you wear Reds for the males in a wedding party, and if so, with what?

1. Are Nantucket Reds the standard, and what are alternatives? What is the difference between Nantucket Reds and Breton Reds?

Some sources of Reds include:

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Block Island, Mid-1960s

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The shift from summer community to resort begins with shrubbery.

Monday, May 27, 2019

And a few more from the weekend...

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Memorial Day, 2019

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fac fortia et patere

A Reader Question on Schools: Boarding vs. day, single sex vs. coed, public vs. private?

Since we are on the topic of education, I would love to hear your readers' views of public vs private, boarding vs day, and single sex vs coed. I have some long-held beliefs from my own academic experiences which have been challenged as I have started touring private prep schools for the children. My children are in an excellent public school and doing very well. I'm thinking if it ain't broke don't fix it. Thoughts from those who have been in the trenches? Best regards.