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Honoring Family Traditions and Holidays – Scalloped (aka Au Gratin) Potatoes

Once we built the house our immediate family had a tradition of coming up to Maine for Easter and Thanksgiving holidays. As you’ve no doubt discerned, we love to eat foods from many cultures and our festivities weren’t always accompanied by the “turkey for Thanksgiving, ham for Christmas” type offerings. In fact we typically would serve lobster and steak for Thanksgiving in Maine. But no matter how we digressed from the all American offerings, I think my family would have boycotted the meals if I didn’t have scalloped potatoes on the menu. Continue reading

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Big Cats, College, and Cubans in Tampa

Today Trevor, Bob, and I drove almost 90 miles to Tampa, Florida. We packed quite a bit into one day – a visit to the Big Cat Rescue Center, to the University of South Florida, and to the historic Cuban area of Ybor. Continue reading

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The Big Top and Culture in Sarasota

Since early April Bob and I have been in Sarasota County, exploring job and investment opportunities and looking for a place to live. It hasn’t been total drudgery by any means. We are the kind of people who follow Mary Poppins’ advice and have “a spoonful of honey to make the medicine go down” and in this case it has consisted of mornings and evenings at the beach, walks through parks, attending the Unitarian Universalist Church, and in general visiting various areas of Sarasota. We’ve probably eaten out more than is good for our physique and our cholesterol numbers but we have offset this with daily laps in the pool, walks along the shore, and swimming in the ocean. We finally visited the John and Mable Ringling Museum Estate located on 66 acres of Sarasota bayfront property which is actually home to four attractions and several gardens. Continue reading

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Slipping into History at Spanish Point Museum

Historical sites provide the opportunity to slip into the lives of those who have come before us. Spanish Point Museum and Preserve overlooks Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey, just south of Sarasota. Touted as a 30 acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum, it was the first place in Sarasota to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a delightful place to spend a few hours. Continue reading

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My My Myakka!

This week we visited the Myakka River State Park in Sarasota County. The largest park in Florida, it boasts of containing 37,000 acres of wetlands, prairies, and woodlands. The park is also the oldest park in Florida and offers hiking, biking, camping, wildlife viewing, and boating. There are opportunities to view the area from a canopy walkway high above the trees, from a birdwalk that stretches out over the marshland, or even from the water by renting a canoe.
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Racing Armadillos and Other Fun

We have driven and explored the area in and around Sarasota for the past week and remain enthused. I can’t help but be struck by the differences. Whereas Maine is rugged with its spruce and fir forests leading to granite boulders and frigid ocean waters, this is a land of pines and palms and flat swampy areas leading to pristine beaches and warm almost waveless turquoise seas. 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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A Mystery, Wicked Good Blueberry Coffee Cake, and a B&B

My favorite book genre are whodunits and I love to cook. Can there be anything better than combining the two? Karen MacInerney writes the Grey Whale Inn series set on Cranberry Island. The protagonist trades in Texas (where Ms MacInerney lives) for a Bed and Breakfast Inn on the Maine coast. It’s a fun read and the recipes are delicious. Wicked Good Blueberry Coffee Cake is my favorite and is found in the book that earned her the Agatha Christie Award – “Murder on the Rocks”. I don’t know if they serve blueberry coffee cake but can attest that no inn has a better view than our own Inn on Ferry Landing. 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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Wining, Dining, and Sleeping in Stonington, Maine

Between 2002 when we were first introduced to Deer Isle and 2005 when our house was finished, we stayed in three of the island’s accommodations and ate at many of the restaurants. Several of my readers have asked for more information on a few of our favorites and I’m happy to oblige by telling you about two of each. Continue reading

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Synchronicity and Serendipity Lead us to Deer Isle

Encouraged by quotes such as “if you can dream it, you can accomplish it” and “what would you do if you didn’t fear failure”, we decided to start exploring a future of living on the coast. Ok we had the vision but where should we concentrate on manifesting it? How does one determine where to relocate or retire to? The answer is as individual as the person or couple. Having determined our “must have” list, we had to fit it into our plans something mundane but necessary – “what was practical”. Continue reading

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Dreaming a New Life

Like any significant and grand change in our lives be it a career choice, marriage, starting a family, or starting a hobby – it started with a dream. Continue reading

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