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  • Sailor's Superstitions: Bad Luck at Sea

    Sailor Superstitions: Bad Luck at SeaNo one purposely hops on a boat hoping for bad luck, but sailor's superstitions say we could easily bring it if we don't pay attention to what we're doing. Three major faux pas are bringing a banana on board, setting sail on a Friday or going out of our way to slay an albatross.

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  • Famous Mythical Sea Creatures

    Famous Mythical Sea CreaturesSailors of old made it across vast oceans spending countless hours at sea. All that time and wide open space certainly played with their emotional state. Is it any wonder than that we have so many mythical sea creatures? Some have more myth than others. We have gathered together some of the more famous of mythical sea creatures. Enjoy and if there are any favorites you think should have been included, let us know! Don't miss the funny older short Saturday Night Live video at the end that includes the devious "land shark." Continue reading

  • Caught Adrift: Lighthouses

    Lighthouses in Winter Photos Lighthouses in Winter
    10 Photos of Massachusetts lighthouses during the winter months
    Cisco Brewers Sankaty Light Cisco Brewers Sankaty Light
    Cisco Brewers named this beer after the famous lighthouse.
    PBS Legendary Lighthouses PBS Legendary Lighthouses
    Although this series is from 1998, it's still worth a look if you love lighthouses.
    Lighthouse Pinterest Board Lighthouses on Pinterest
    Check out our lighthouse Pinterest board
  • Top West Coast Lighthouses

    Top West Coast LighthousesWe're continuing our Lighthouse week today with the top west coast lighthouses. (Earlier, we featured our top east coast lighthouses.) The West Coast is home to some of the most scenic lighthouses, offering stunning Pacific Ocean views and foggy, windswept coastal bluffs. These 10 longtime favorites of lighthouse fans span the west coast and are well worth a visit.

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  • Lighthouse Quote

    Compassion Lighthouse Quote

    A Lighthouse Quote

    "A good book is a lighthouse; a wise man is a lighthouse; conscience is a lighthouse; compassion is a lighthouse; science is a lighthouse! They all show us the true path! Keep them in your life to remain safe in the rocky and dark waters of life!"

    - Mehmet Murat Ildan

    We've continued with lighthouse theme with a lighthouse quote this week. See more of our lighthouse coverage on our blog.

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  • Life of a Lighthouse Keeper

    Life of a Lighthouse KeeperGazing at a picturesque lighthouse on a stormy coast, we don’t always think of the human stories embedded in the beams, stones, and storm panes. These days, active lights tend to be automated, kept functioning through remote maintenance and the occasional repair visit. For hundreds of years, however, those lighthouses—and the security of all the vessels they faithfully guided—depended on the lonely, committed service of lighthouse keepers. Their office was remote and harsh (but with a great view); their responsibilities were immense.

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  • Top East Coast Lighthouses

    Top East Coast Lighthouses
    The lighthouse is a timeless and iconic feature of seaside landscapes. Their initial purpose makes them stand out. Many of them are in locations with brutal weather and hard to get locations. All of them stand as a beacon reminding us of a different time and allowing an instant view into the past. There are so many beautiful lighthouses from around the world. We have started a Pinterest board called Lighthouses. Take a look and follow the board to get ongoing views of lighthouses from around the world. In this post we feature some great lighthouses - including the top east coast lighthouses. Although all of the lighthouses up and down the coast are charming, these stand out as having extra appeal. Some due to the lighthouse itself and others for the classic location. Continue reading

  • Caught Adrift: Olympics

    Donate to the Special Olympics 1 Cause
    Join us in making a donation to the Special Olympics
    Olympic Athletes Instagram 19 Athletes
    Gizmodo's list of Instagram accounts to follow for a closer look at Sochi.
    10 Olympic Movies 10 Movies
    The top 10 Olympic themed movies from GeekNation
    Olympic Cocktails 3 Drinks
    Olympic Themed Cocktails from Cupcakes & Cashmere
  • Inspiration of the Olympic Games

    Olympian Quote

    "It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication" -Herb Elliott (Australian Olympian)

    Image Credit: John_Brennan

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  • Nantucket's Olympian: AJ Mleczko

    aj mleczko Nantucket's own AJ Mleczko will once again proudly represent the island in the Winter Olympics, this year in Sochi. This will be the fifth Olympics she has had an opportunity to have a role in.  AJ has enjoyed a storied hockey career and is now sought after as a commentator.  Her ties to the island remain strong as she supports local budding hockey players and figure skaters.  Perhaps her support will result in another Nantucket Olympian in the future.  Until that day, Nantucket will celebrate AJ and her impressive career.

    College and Olympic Career

    As an All-American hockey player at Harvard she won the USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year Award in 1999. That same year, she made history as she went on to win the esteemed Patty Kazmaier Award, being only the second woman to ever do so. As a result of her illustrious college career, Mleczko was inducted into the Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame in 2011.

    After graduating from Harvard, Mleczko became the driving force behind the USA's 1998 Olympic gold metal hockey team. She was once again the centerpiece of the USA Women's Hockey team when the USA took silver in 2002 in Salt Lake.

    Broadcasting Career

    After one of the most prolific careers in US hockey history, AJ Mleczko -- a Nantucket Island Native -- has become the face of women's hockey broadcasting. This year, she will represent us as one of the broadcast center-pieces as she has for the past two Winter Olympics.

    While Mleczko's hockey career was nothing less than historic in significance, Mleczko is probably equally recognized for the work as a commentator and color analyst at the last two Olympics.

    Charity Work

    In addition to her busy schedule as a broadcaster, Mleczko finds ways to support her hometown. In an effort to help Nantucket pay off the business loan it took out for the island's only hockey rink, she organized and has run ''Charity on Ice'' for the last seven years, an event that brings in professional hockey players for a fun game in front of what is generally a sell-out crowd.

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