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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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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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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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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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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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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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