Images and quotes about the Nantucket and nautical lifestyle
  • A Quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Where the Figawi?

    Where the Figawi?           For an explanation, see our recent post Legend of the 'Figawi' name.

  • John Masefield Sea Fever Quote

    John Masefield Sea Fever Quote

    "I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking, And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking."

    -John Masefield, "Sea Fever"

    John Edward Masefield led a rich and interesting life - journeying from his native England to the United States at the turn of the century to work in a New York carpet factory before the ocean called him back home again. Continue reading

  • George Eliot


    Mary Ann Evans, better known as English author George Eliot, was not a mother. In fact, she spent much of her highly unconventional life with a married man, inviting scandal and ostracization. Instead of raising a family, she devoted her life to the written word.

    That did not stop her from making startlingly accurate observations about motherhood, especially as relates to mothers and sons. This may have been because girls were less likely to roam far from their birthplace, and therefore their mothers did not tend to suffer the pangs of longing caused by sons that left for college or abroad. Nevertheless, Eliot's poignant musings on the maternal instinct and a mother's love would still prove familiar to most moms today.

    Many of her remarks involve the sweetness of babies and small children in their mothers' arms or on her knee. Others note that once a woman becomes a mother, she will remain so until she dies. Eliot's observations are not always warm or cheerful, however. She writes, for instance, that while women necessarily live for their children while they are young, they must begin to live again for themselves once their children grow up.

    Overall, this author's ability to remark upon a facet of human nature she never experienced proves her the powerful observer of humanity critics have believed her to be for more than a century.

  • Frederico Tesio

    Frederico Tesio, born in 1869, was one of the most important thoroughbred breeders in the history of the sport of horse racing. In fact, the Italian is sometimes known as the most important figure in the history of Italian horse racing.

    Tesio is an inspiration those who breed horses, as he was one of the first who tried to create an excellent sport horse using his intuition and his analytical mind. He used his intellect to improve the genetics of his racehorses, long before genetics were studied and understood. His breeding designs made history, and today, his process is called the Tesio Method.

  • Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'

    After this year's extended winter, spring really is a reason to party! As we shake the snow off of our boots and venture out of our winter dens, the sights, sounds and smells of spring jump up to greet us.

    And party we did! With the daffodil festival last weekend (April 25 through 27, 2014) everyone was ready to shake that cabin fever, get out and greet spring good and proper. Continue reading

  • Golf is the closest game to the game we call life

    Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots — but you have to play the ball where it lies. - Bobby Jones, greatest amateur golfer and lawyer

    Bobby Jones was known not only for being an amateur golfer who regularly beat professionals but also for his Grand Slam, which was his victory in every major golf championship a single calendar year. To this day, the feat has never been repeated, although Tiger Woods came close when he won four consecutive golf tournaments over two years.

    Bobby went on to retire at the age of 28, and he co-founded the Masters Tournament as well as the Augusta National Golf Club. The Masters Tournament is held every year by the club, and Bobby Jones was one of the primary engines behind its success.

  • Baseball Season has Arrived

    "Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game—and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams." Jacques Barzun, French-born American historian of ideas and culture  

  • John Steinbeck Quote

    John Steinbeck Quote

    “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

    ― John Steinbeck

    Does that mean this summer will be extra sweet?



  • Bill Murray on Madras

    Bill Murray Madras Quote"This is a nice one, this is an old one. It's made out of separate pieces of, uh, loud material, sewn together in squares." - Bill Murray on Madras

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