When I lived in Atlanta and they were constantly throwing up new neighborhoods, it irked me to no end that they would come up with high falutin’ names for them that were basically a couple snotty sounding, unrelated words strung together, like Crestwood or Westhaven or Saddlebridge. I wondered if they had some website that… Continue reading It may not be perfect, but at least it’s real.
We’ve been in our new house exactly one week today. Moving into a fully furnished house has its benefits. Until the moving truck showed up with all our stuff, we felt like we were on vacation. Then the moving truck arrived and everything changed. We purged quite a bit before we moved, but we still… Continue reading What It’s Like to Downsize by Half
We’re settling into our new house and I went grocery shopping for the first time. The big grocery store here is a Food Lion and I was afraid it would be ultra expensive compared to Atlanta. You know how everything costs more at the beach? I was afraid of having sticker shock at the food… Continue reading Veggie Heavy Chicken Noodle Soup
Well, it’s official! We are full time residents of Hatteras Island, NC. I grew up here, lived in Atlanta for 14 years, and finally succeeded in moving my family back to my hometown. Thank God for the internet that allows us to have city jobs at the beach! My parents and my brother and his… Continue reading We moved to Hatteras!
I brought fish back from my last visit to Hatteras when I picked up my son, who spent the summer with my mom. I had Spanish mackerel, bluefish and cobia, and I used all the Spanish in ceviche and fish chowder. I saved the milder blues and cobia to eat with my friends. Yesterday we… Continue reading A Hatteras Fish Fry in Georgia
I recently finished In the Heart of the Sea- The Tragedy of the Whale Ship Essex. I passed over this book at least 50 times at my public library, probably because I associated it with Moby Dick, which I found a bit boring in high school. (Didn’t we all?) In the Heart of the Sea… Continue reading Fish Chowder Recipe and a Book Review- “In the Heart of the Sea”
Ocracoke Island is the kind of place that hardly exists anymore. Picture a totally undeveloped beach, a tiny village of unique houses and eclectic shops, and a quaint waterfront area with a charming white lighthouse. No stop lights, hardly any cars at all, no fast food, no chain stores. That’s Ocracoke. Ocracoke Island lies south… Continue reading Day Trip to Ocracoke Island, NC
Last week I spent 5 days in Hatteras visiting my parents before we move there in October. I was able to go commercial fishing with my dad, something I really enjoy because I think most people who eat seafood or visit coastal tourist towns have no idea about the commercial fishing industry. I’ve written about… Continue reading Commercial Fishing with My Dad- Why You Should Eat Wild Caught American Fish
I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I have done Facebook and Instagram in the past, and I run a vicious circle of getting irritated and going cold turkey off both of them, and then needing them to communicate with people and turning them back on. Facebook especially is just so darn useful. I… Continue reading Sharing or Exploiting? The Social Media Conundrum
I still read good old fashioned books, and I do it on purpose. One thing I’ve written about before is how social media and the internet have wrecked my attention span, and that seems to be a universal phenomenon. When we’re online, we’re inundated with content, ads, and images, and our brains get a little… Continue reading Why I Force Myself to Read Books in the Digital Age