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Celebrating God of Daffodil and Fun

May 4, 2017
Daffodils

After the merriment of the Daffodil Festival on Saturday, on Sunday morning I headed up the hill to the First Congregational Church, as is my custom when I am on Nantucket. This is the place where I reclaimed joy after Lev’s death. This is the place where I found peace. This is the place where my soul found its home. This time, though, I passed …

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Resolved: To Bury, Burn, Dig Out

January 5, 2017
Time to Bury

Wiser, more gifted writers than I have been busy making their New Year’s Resolutions, and I am learning from them. My original list of Resolutions, posted here last week, is inadequate. Maria Shriver, who continually delights and challenges me with her weekly Sunday Paper, has done it again. On New Year’s Day she wrote, “I’ve Been Thinking.” “Yesterday, I wrote down all of the things …

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What Makes Nantucket Special

June 19, 2015
Congregational Church from the pierblack-eyed susansCongregational ChurchColonial houseChatham scallopsCru--hot spot at the wharfEarly shingle houseElla, Nantucket, Aug 2014Nantucket at duskFederal house with widowFlags flying at the pierflag flyingFlowers for salefront porch in the historic districtFried clams at the hotelGalley Restaurant at Jetties BeachLobster roll at the Dunemore flowers for saleOcean-front homesNantucket Whaling Museumold windmillSconset lighthouse, NantucketOutdoor dining at CruSunset at Jetties BeachThe hat shop ownerTiffany windows, Episcopal churchThe Lilley StoreTraditional house & gardenThe Nantucket uniformTraditional Nantucket shingle houseTypical fogUnitarian-Universalist Churchvegetables from Bartlett FarmWhite Elephant Hotel groundswindow boxWhite Elephant Hotel

Sanctuary: A sacred place, a safe haven. Nantucket. C.S. Lewis wrote a lot about joy—even a book, Surprised by Joy. Another of his books is A Grief Observed, a classic on grief that remains on best-seller lists 54 years after Lewis wrote it. His books were the most helpful material I read after Lev died, and I have given much thought since 2009 to the …

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