July, 2011

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

This is the start to my new morning commute.

This is what gets me to Manhattan.

These are some things that I see on my journey.

It is a joyful way to start the day – worthy of poetry:

Flood-tide below me! I watch you face to face;
Clouds of the west! sun there half an hour high! I see you also face to face.   

Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes! how curious you
          are to me!
On the ferry-boats, the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returning home,
          are more curious to me than you suppose;
And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence, are more to me,
          and more in my meditations, than you might suppose.
-Walt Whitman, from Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

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Scenes from the Bay of Fundy

Monday, July 18th, 2011

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O Canada!

Monday, July 11th, 2011





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Wild Strawberries

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

On vacation in the glorious Bay of Fundy, yesterday we picked wild strawberries.


Picking these tiny berries is a meditative process – bent over at ground level, sometimes in a modified cat pose from yoga, you carefully dig through the tall grass to get the sweet jewels, most no bigger than a fingernail, some even smaller than that. But the tasty morsels are a great reward for your quiet persistence.


Our dog happily trotted around, free from his city-dog leash, as we searched for more treats.┬áMy husband pointed out that one should pinch the berries from their stems instead of pulling them – they are so delicate, the pulling motion winds up crushing them between your fingers.


My mother-in-law smartly suggests that you hull the berries as you go, so that once you get them home you can commence the eating instantly.

Picking berries in the sunshine makes me a very happy camper.


And ending the day eating wild strawberries with meringues and fresh whipped cream really can’t be beat.

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