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.
Soaking Pages in Salt: Behind the Scenes of Writing about the Schooner Bagheera
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.
Peaks Island Press Goes on a Pilgrimage
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 […]
Book Launch for Island Author Beth Rand’s “ABC Gulls”
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’s “ABC Gulls”
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 […]
A Reading from a Memoir about the Uterus and the American Dream: Mira Ptacin
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 […]
Good Reads You Might Have Missed: Top Peaks Island Press Clicks in 2016
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 […]
A Poem for Post-Holiday Doldrums
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 […]
Making the Bed One More Time: From an Official Empty Nester
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 […]
Lobstermen and Russian Spy Satellites: “Hauling Through” Book Event
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, […]