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Groceries

Sometimes, I need to remind myself how unusual my life can be and not take it for granted. For instance, yesterday, I paddled across the river to Tivoli to pick up my groceries. I did this as a matter of course. Yet, I must ask myself, how

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Cool, cool summer

Yesterday was unseasonably cool. On average, August is cooler than July. Evenso, Yesterday was surprisingly chilly. Overcast, breezy and rainy, the day felt more like early autumn than late summer. It was perfect for a long afternoon nap under a quilt with windows open and breezes blowing

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Movie cancelled for tonight

Due to persistent thunderstorms, the movie night will be cancelled for tonight, Monday, August 11. Let’s hope for better weather next week.

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Bon voyage

Yesterday, I gave a tour of the lighthouse to a group of kids from a summer day-camp. Of course, everyone was eager to climb to top of the tower. I stood at the top while each camper scaled the ladder, one at a time. While keeping an

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Yellow bird in the mulberry tree

I carried a heavy load on my shoulder up the ramp from the dock when an older gentleman asked me a question: “What’s that yellow bird in the tree around back?” Without seeing the tree, I answered: “Yesterday, I saw a cedar wax-wing in that tree.” “No,”

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Sailboat captain rescues kayakers in distress

This afternoon, I returned home and noticed a couple of kayakers near the lighthouse. They were in and out of their kayaks so often I assumed they were practicing Eskimo rolls and wet exits. Later, a visitor at the lighthouse asked me whether I thought the kayakers

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rare wildflower on Lighthouse Trail

Virginia, local horticulturalist and author of Village Encounters, emailed the following message: I was delighted to spot a Canada Lily along the trail yesterday. Haven’t seen one in these parts for 20+ years. http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=LICAC The Canada Lily is listed by the State of New York as “Exploitably

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Party barge

The workhorse of the lighthouse, the maintenance barge dubbed the Yuck Finn, is normally used for hauling fuel and other supplies to/from the mainland. On the 4th of July, instead of the usual workload, the Yuck Finn buoyed a contingent of Independence Day revelers. At sunset, I

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River rescue

Rainy afternoon. I was making a sandwich when the phone rang. It was Michelle. “Are you doing anything right now?” she asked. “Not really.” “Could you give us a tow?” She explained that she was on the river sailing with Jerome, and he couldn’t get the motor

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Question for the keeper: fireflies

Why do fireflies flash? At dusk, the trail to the lighthouse turns into a corridor of flashing light as fireflies emerge for their nightly mating ritual. The fireflies are so numerous that they illuminate the footpath on a moonless night. The flashing light is the firefly’s way

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