Perspective — the first gift of the sea

Before we left home for our trek to the beach, I wondered if I could leave all my duties and responsibilities undone for a week.A miraculous thing always happens when we arrive in Avon, North Carolina.My memory gets wiped clean.I can't remember what I had to do that was so important it couldn't wait.As I sit on the deck, mesmerized by the ocean, I try to remember.What were those things I thought I couldn't leave undone?Perspective is one of the gifts of the sea, I think. The first book I brought … [Read more...]

An Outer Banks Weekend

Doug and I drove to the Outer Banks Friday for a "business meeting" and then turned around and drove home Saturday. Our business was buying a beach house. After we picked up the keys, we kept saying, "Did we just buy a beach house?" I think we shocked ourselves with this purchase. As I sat in the family room of this new house, looking out at the ocean, I thought about our obsession with the beach.  What made us want to buy a beach house? A good rental history? A good investment? … [Read more...]