Ravenscar

Ravenscar

  Wild Ravenscar, seal colony, seawalk, cliffs and sky. Green, rock. Almost entirely alone. Empty space. A challenging walk. A breathtaking view.  Slow down. Space. Wild country. Nature and us. ___ Day 2, Yorkshire Coast Trip Last stop of our Yorkshire Coast trip, another detour on our drive home. Ravenscar is a super small village, [...]

Whitby

Whitby

  Whitby. Quaint, classic English seaside. Timeless. Town pier. Abandoned abbey. One hundred and ninety nine steps. Layers and layers of literary, economic history. The abbey is 1600+ years old. The abbey inspired parts of Dracula. The abbey was home to the first known English language poet. And the Romans minded jet here. Captain Cook [...]

Staithes

Staithes

  Wild Yorkshire, moors and coast. Burnt orange, sand, the green of the coastal path. An old cottage, a zillion stars. The tide is gone and back again. Everything changes in hours, nothing changes at all. With our friends, here, in this beautiful, quiet place.  ___ Day 1, Yorkshire Coast Trip We left Cambridge late [...]

2019 Reading List

My reading list for 2019 - one fiction, nonfiction, and poetry book a month for a year. A mix of classics, foreign authors, poetry, history, economics, philsophy. My favorites (what I tell people they must read): (1) Second Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievic, (2) Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting From [...]

Godrevy

Godrevy

  Godrevy, an accident we discovered by pointing at the stretch of green on a map. A detour on a drive home. White sand, stretching forever in all directions. Water warm to touch. Mussels on moss covered stones. Sand dunes. Surfers. Sun and not wanting to leave.  ___ Day 4, Cornwall Trip Our last morning [...]

Penzance

Penzance

  Penzance is quirky, fresh, old, loved. Pirate flags and old, dark pubs. Seafood shacks. A long beach walk. Hydrangeas bigger than my head. Pirates, pirate flags. The sound of seagulls through the windows when I wake up in the morning.  ___ The first thing I noticed about our weekend home in Penzance was the [...]