Category Archives: Community Relations

Charleston Happenings in November 2017

Autumn brings the Carolina Fair and many other things to do in the Charleston area. Continue reading

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Something About the Women – Holly Near

Few who know me today would believe that prior to my twenties I was a painfully shy (yet always outspoken) person. Holly Near’s courage and music inspired me to be more, do more, live more. Her songs helped me to begin by loving and accepting the imperfect woman I am and thus be able to reach out and love and accept others for who they are. Each time I visit Dolce Italia I have a magical experience. Last night was no exception!
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Getting Our Mojo On

Sarasota County has a population of about 390,000 people but a friendly small town feel. This is a happy ending tale of a puppy and a small woman with a big heart. Continue reading

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The Art of Photography

We were attracted to Deer Isle for many reasons – the splendor of the scenery, the warm welcome we received from everyone we met, and the opportunity to live on an island with the combination of an active fishing village and world class art. Generalizations are always subject to contradiction however I’ve found that artists tend to be open-minded people. There is something about their ability to see the world from a unique perspective that makes them able to see the possibilities in people and conceive of a better, more brilliantly colored world. While I am only an avid admirer, my scientist husband has the soul of an artist. Recently he has had four of his photographs displayed in the Pearson Gallery on Deer Isle and today he has launched his website: http://www.bobwilsonphotos.com/index.html . Continue reading

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Farewell and Furniture

A week ago I was honored by the Department of Dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center with a generous send off. Then on Wednesday I hugged everyone good bye and jumped on a plane to return to Maine. After resting for a bit Bob and I attended a reception at the Geoffrey Warner Studio. As you can imagine it was an emotional week but there was no better way of ending it that gathering with community to celebrate the completion of two of Geoffrey’s major pieces – an olive wood desk and a huge big leaf maple conference table.
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Daily Observations from Paradise

Most of the Northeast is hit with a storm and Deer Isle is no exception. It has been raining all day and Bob tells me that we have several crappy weather days ahead. It has been a perfect day to go through some pieces I’ve written in the past and I found one to post about a day in the Autumn right after a storm. It’s a reminder to me to stop and enjoy the simple things. Continue reading

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Shrimp Ceviche (Ceviche de camarones)

A favorite way to eat fish is a dish that I first ate in Mexico, then in the Dominican Republic, and finally all over Panama – ceviche. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this delicacy, it consists of raw fish which is marinated in lime or lemon juice which “cooks” the fish until it turns white. The acidic juice tones down the fishy taste. It can be kept in a covered container for a week providing plenty of appetizers for the evening cocktail hour. Continue reading

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Creative Serenity

One of the wonderful things about being in our Deer Isle home is the privacy and serenity. One week I came here with my good friend Gay Chessell and after she left I opted to stay a few days alone in the cottage. It is such a peaceful, rejuvenating space. The soaring cathedral ceiling in the Great Room seemed to lift my spirits and my imagination soared. I would walk in the forest, feeling one with nature and embracing the healing of being quiet with my thoughts. A walk through the woods is an act of meditation. Thoughts would come, linger briefly, and leave. I sat on a granite boulder and admired the moss and the rare and diminutive Lady Slipper (a type of native orchid). Strolls along the shore led me to flattened patches of seagrass where the deer made their beds and a giant heron flew overhead, amazing me with the size of his shadow. All was serene and I felt at one with the universe and open for reinvention.It is no wonder that artists and writers are in abundance on this island. There is something special here that generates creativity and an opportunity to meet your personal muse. Continue reading

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Fireworks, Lobster, and Furnishings

It was the summer of 2005 and we were almost ready to open our house on the artists mecca of Deer Isle, an island that had once been the home of such notables as John Steinbeck and Dan Fogelberg. We had decided prior to even building our house that it made economic sense to rent it out from June through September to weekly vacation renters. Continue reading

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Moving and Grooving Island Style

Our weekend on Deer Isle has started out with an abundance of interesting events and artistic and wilderness experiences. Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Cake – Apple Cake!

I know many of you wonder what we could possibly find to do on a remote island in Maine with a population of approximately 2,000 inhabitants. The answer is we are having an absolute blast. We have plenty of opportunities to bring something and I always bring something made of local produce (in this case apples). We’ve met some interesting and open hearted people and there are more things to do here than one would imagine.

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Scalloped Scallops

During the winter some of the fisherman on Deer Isle rig up their boats, brave the frigid seas and bring back scallops. It’s not unusual to see a pick up truck with the back open and a sign advertising their fresh catch of scallops and fish along side one of the better traveled roads. The seafood is fresh, local, inexpensive, and purchasing it helps a local to survive during the cold months. This recipe is a take off from the Southern delicacy of scalloped oysters recipe found in Saveur Magazine. Continue reading

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Island Ad-Vantages | Shrimp—make the direct connection

Bob and I are celebrities! We were featured on the front page of the Island Ad-Vantage newspaper. We are proud to support this cause – local fishermen have it tough and we want to encourage them to stay in business. As more and more people are attempting to eat organically and locally, we need to recognize that this means supporting the local people who harvest and grow our food. Yes it costs a bit more however isn’t it worth it?
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