Author Archive | Sam Harrington

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Lobstering at 3:00 AM: Hard Work, Beauty, and Profit

A successful local fisherman took me lobstering recently on the Gulf of Maine. If this inspires visions of Robert McCloskey’s Burt Dow ambling nautically through the Penobscot Bay archipelago, fasten your seat belts. A successful lobsterman is a leader and a figure of respect in Stonington, a tiny community that lands 20 million pounds of lobster […]

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April 2014

Why Our Blog Has Been on Hiatus (Sam)

My father died quietly on April 25, 2015. He was one month shy of his 94th birthday. The family, his four children and their spouses as well as seven of his 13 grandchildren, convened in Milwaukee to bury him. Dozens of friends, neighbors, and former law partners assembled for an afternoon wake. Others called. Not a […]

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A Busman’s Holiday on a French Island

{Update from both Sam and Debbie} First, an apology for the hiatus on our blog. Debbie will be telling you more about that. In the meantime, I want to tell you about our French immersion during March. It took three airplanes (we stopped in Barcelona and London), three trains, one bus, and one ferry to […]

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Sam’s Take on the Ups and Downs of San Francisco

I have not left my heart in San Francisco but I might have a weakness for the Fillmore/California Street neighborhood where we stayed in an Airbnb over the holidays. After ten days in this city some thoughts have coalesced but remain poorly defined. I want to like it here but I can’t. Or, I don’t want […]

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A Brooklyn Trifecta: Small, Hot and Too Sunny

After a lovely Thanksgiving on the coast of Connecticut, we have taken a fortnight to settle into a new apartment on the cusp of Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill. What a strange and complicated world we inhabit. How do the social mores of various urban centers evolve to become so eccentrically different? And how is it […]

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