Author Archive | Debbie Weil

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Finally, At Home in Stonington

Something clicked into place a few weeks ago. It was a long time coming, considering I left Washington D.C. two years ago. After a long winter of discontent*, we drove back to the coast of Maine in early May. About a month later, click. I realized, “I’m home.” Maybe it was the first hint of […]

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Why Our Blog Has Been on Hiatus (Debbie)

The singular goal of our original Gap Year was to figure out how to reinvent ourselves, as a couple and as individuals. The big questions: where would we live, how would we remain productive, what would our respective “work” be, when and where would we travel? Twenty-three months have passed and we’re still figuring it out. […]

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Surprising Lessons From Snow Shoveling

Six feet walls of snow are piled up in every driveway. Blankets of snow, dimpled by who knows what, roll down to the Deer Island Thorofare. Snow fills the woods. With temperatures steadily below freezing, Stonington’s harbor has partially iced over. But the sun comes out with surprising regularity, and then everything dazzles. As long as […]

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2015: Making Space and Doing Less

A neighbor was poking around her vegetable garden recently. Not a noteworthy event except that her garden was covered with a good six inches of snow. It was a brilliantly sunny day and the snow glistened fiercely. I called out to ask what she was doing. “Oh,” she exclaimed. “I’m looking for animal tracks. There are […]

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Hello Brooklyn… We’re Baaack!!

One day after we moved out of our sublet, we stumbled onto the perfect apartment near our daughter and son-in-law in Brooklyn Heights. It’s a tiny 1 BR (yes, everything in Brooklyn is tiny) on the 10th floor of a building with a view south to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. I fell in love with it […]

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First Day in Brooklyn… Oh My (Meet Libby!)

The highways and byways of Brooklyn are a mystery. We woke this morning in our garden apartment, less than a block from one of the noisiest thoroughfares in downtown Brooklyn. But it was surprisingly quiet, as it had been overnight. Thank goodness. My nerves are shredded after scarcely 24 hours in the big city. I was […]

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September Light in Stonington

It’s our second September here in Stonington. This month is a lovely secret, one of many about living on midcoast Maine. The first thing of note is the abrupt exodus of the summer people right before Labor Day. That includes members of my family who make their trek back to D.C. My initial reaction is to […]

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