Walcott’s mention of “each phrase go be soaked in salt” represented well my experience of trying to take notes on the wave- and rain-soaked deck so that I could document the specialized language used aboard the sailing ship and could write the magazine article the way the editor requested. There was no way that I could rely upon my memory for this detail. Given the volume of sea water sloshing about, I couldn’t use the Notes app on my iphone nor could I use a regular notebook. Each moment on the rocking deck and in the hold brimmed with characters, dialogue, and action. I needed a reliable note taking tool.
Author, cultural anthropologist, and science communicator. Running trails, chasing life, and conjuring the words to capture it all.
I pitched a story about a historic Maine schooner leading a secret life as a floating college science classroom to Portland Magazine. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture a slice of one of the few semester-long full-time and full-immersion field science programs in the country.
Why do I feel like a plant about to be ripped up by its roots? After months of planning, training, dreaming, the transatlantic flight and the El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage loom […]
Don’t miss the book launch for Beth Rand’s first children’s book, ABC Gulls (Islandport Press) on April 6, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Arabica on Commercial Street in Portland. All are invited, […]
Beth Rand didn’t plan on writing a children’s book from her Peaks Island, Maine home, but she couldn’t be happier that Islandport Press is publishing her “ABC Gulls” in hardcover. Visiting Beth on […]
My daughter is an only child, not because I chose this, but because I lost the three pregnancies that followed her blessed birth. That’s a sentence that I have never committed to […]
If you are cozied up to a fire, sipping coffee, wine, or hot chocolate, you might like to peruse the top clicks on Peaks Island Press of 2016, in case you missed […]
Like the musician who slumps after a concert, I tend to feel small and drained after Christmas, as though all the love poured into cooking and wrapping (while working) deflates me. Shouldn’t […]
When your eighteen year old daughter moves into her college dorm and you make her bed one last time, is this “not letting go?” I can tell you that I did this […]
If you’re within striking distance of Peaks Island, Maine, then you should aim for the Peaks Island Branch Library’s book event with Peter Bridgford, author of Hauling Through, on Wednesday, August 10, […]