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WINTER ON ISLAND
Wicked cold day.
An afternoon walk with the dogs
down to the dock
where buffleheads, like bath toys,
teeter on waves. Distant islands
are in mirage. If only I could
whiff of salt, touch
of hand to warm rock or
to stand in the middle of a cloudless
aquamarine summer day
and chew on buttery steamers
cooked in a black iron pot
over a beach fire.
The dogs look up at me,
walk us back, walk us
back to the house, walk us
back inside where the fire blazes.
They will not leave
until I do. I sigh, move back up the path,
return to leafing through photo albums
filled with aquamarine summer days.
Bonnie Thompson Enes
Captain Humphrey delivered the mail first from Port Clyde 2x per week , then in 1884 from Boothbay. First from his sloop, the Goldsmith Maid and then from 1888 from his schooner, Effort. Captain George F. Brackett took over the Effort in the 1890s. In the book, An Eye for the Coast the story is that sometime in the 1800s a gasoline engine was installed and that a guest invited onboard to admire the new device, lit his pipe and dropped his match in the bilge, igniting fumes. The Effort’s last appearance in the List of Merchant Vessels in 1907 suggests that modernization, the explosion and subsequent retirement occurred around 1907.
A very unhappy piece of news about Harry Bone came our way a month or so
ago, He has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Following surgery has
been living in a nursing home in his home town. Although his short-term
memory is poor, he has excellent long-term memory and loves to hear
from his old friends. Jan and Billy visited him, as did Billy Boynton
and Janice Green, among others, and report that he isn’t in pain and
that he saves his cards and rereads them.
His address is;
Good Shepherd Nursing
1200 W. New York
Deland, FL 32720
This seems like a great chance to be able to tell Harry how much we care
about him, and to remind him of funny or happy things we remember doing
with him as well as things we love about him and will remember. (His
great smile, maybe?)