Crystal waves of
Still and then flowing,
Churning and then surging,
Erases the day’s debris
From the shore.
As night turns into morning,
The tide recedes
The body of
The cure to whatever ails,
Christens a brand new day:
Each blue drop
a tiny part of the
Huge blue vastness
“Water” by Jill Ocone, July 9, 2016
What an emotional roller coaster of a week, and a paradoxical one at that. It is quite a week of new beginnings, both intentional and unexpected, for so many. There’s the happiness of graduations and the sadness of immense loss. There are those spouting judgment and those calling for compassion. There are the helpers and the hinderers. I am trying to wrap my head around the state of so-called society and civilization we all live in, and I have not liked most of what I have seen this week. I believe it’s time to put the human back in humanity, and instead of just saying that as an empty phrase, I’m working out an idea that might help. Somebody’s got to do something, and while my idea might be small, perhaps it will be the push many of us need to overcome the negativity and just be there with each other and for each other, sans judgment and shaming. More to come…
This weekend’s roundup of links has a beach/shore/summer feel to it, as it’s finally my favorite time of year and we all need a bit of a mental escape right about now. Enjoy and please check back often as I will be posting more now that summer is here…
Ten Beach Commandments: 2016 Edition – by Kevin Williams of Townsquare Media.
NJ Dad: Here’s Why I Hope My Kids Summer Vacation Is Boring – great read by Brian Donohue
The Ultimate NJ Summer Bucket List – from NJ.com. Great ideas but the site is a little wonky.
Sea Scallop Fishing Off the NJ Coast Thriving – short video from NJTV on one of the Viking Village vessels showing how scallops get from the ocean onto your dinner plate.
Stingrays in Tampa Bay – what a wonderful sight!
The Surfer Alone at Sea: A Tale of Love and Perseverance – by Joao Salgado, posted by The Inertia
The Ultimate Jersey Shore Beach Guide – by NJ Monthly
and don’t forget…
Join my 31 Days of Summer Lovin’ 2016 challenge! It begins on July 1.
Until next time,
As you know, I love living at the Jersey Shore, and I love writing. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to a local publication, where I get to write about all things Jersey Shore, as well as meet some pretty interesting people.
I am very excited to share the digital edition of Jersey Shore Magazine’s Spring 2016 issue, which you can access by clicking anywhere in this line. I wrote 5 articles that appear in the issue: “A Voice for the Sharks” (p. 10-11), “The Monmouth University Polling Institute” (p. 12-13), “Cattus Island County Park Redux” (p. 14-15), “Meridian Health-Taking Care of the Jersey Shore” (p. 66-74) and “Jersey Shore Foodie: Rod’s is Celebrating 35 Years of Success at the Jersey Shore” (p. 91-92). I also provided compilation and editorial work on the various directories contained in the issue, including Theater & Concert, Farmer’s Markets, Calendar of Events, Area Towns and Tourism Information.
To celebrate finding my voice and seeing my words in print, one lucky person who comments on this post about what you love about writing or what you love about the area where you live will win a printed copy of my book “Escape: Lessons from the Sea” as well as a brand new black Moleskin notebook. Comments must be posted before 5:00 pm on Sunday 3/20/2016, and the winner will be announced on Monday 3/21/2016.
As always, I thank you for your continued support! I look forward to reading your comments!