• Island Life
  • Drop, Roll, Fly

    One morning, you all wake up and decide it’s the day of the pit. You start with planning and digging. This takes time, but once it’s done, you’re left with the task of deciding what to do with it. Rolling down the inside of the pit is a natural first choice, so you experiment with […]

  • Island Life
  • Fancy Being Six

    Y’all. It’s been six years since An Island Mom began. Six years! An Island Mom’s origins can be traced back to an afternoon many years ago, when I was walking in the ocean in a dress, as I’m wont to do, in search of a quest. Suddenly, the waves began to speak. “Woman, you must […]

  • Island Life
  • I See the Girl

    Four years ago, some of my friends and students inspired me to write the post I See the Girl. I’ve thought about its subject many times since then, shopping for groceries, picking up the kids, or checking out library books. One minute it’s a mundane moment and then there’s a laugh or a grimace or […]

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  • Thoughts on the Sea #20

    When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. Rainer Maria Rilke For other thoughts on the sea, try #1, #2, #3, #4, […]

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  • Cold Beach Weather and Flying Chickens

    My heart goes out to my snow-drenched and winter-weary friends in the North. All my winters in Chicago taught me that by this point in the year, most people living north of the Mason-Dixon were ready for winter to be over weeks (or even months) ago. In the coastal South, where we are experiencing “colder […]