Images and quotes about the Nantucket and nautical lifestyle
May 30, 2014
May 14, 2014
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
May 8, 2014
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.
May 1, 2014
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.
April 28, 2014
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
April 10, 2014
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.
March 27, 2014
March 20, 2014
"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