Everybody but the Coast Guard 

Hillsboro Lighthouse

Hillsboro Lighthouse is manned by the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military that is not being paid during the government shut down. They save lives and help those at peril on the high seas. Now their lives are in peril. 

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Defying Human Logic

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse

The lighthouse has six cast iron Corinthian columns.


Sometimes life defies human logic. At least my life does. I build barriers when there is no danger in site. Sometimes the barrier becomes a hinderance to new experiences. It reminds me of the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse. The breakwater was built before the lighthouse. While the breakwater was built in response to a storm it caused more harm than good. It became a navigational hazard to Mariners sailing into Portland Harbor. 

After an outcry, a wooden lighthouse was built on the site in 1855. The current lighthouse was built in 1874-75. It is a marvel of imagination. The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse is unlike any lighthouse I have visited. Inspired by the beautiful Greek Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, the design makes it a magnificent and unique edifice. 

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A Damsel in Distress

Star of the Sea Youth Hostel

Star of the Sea youth hostel was formerly a life saving station.


It’s kind of ironic that I stayed at the Star of the Sea Youth Hostel in Nantucket. I really needed a reprieve from a chaotic visit to Martha’s Vineyard. The hostel was once a life saving station for distressed vessels. Now I was looking for shelter from a distressed encounter. 

Brant Point Lighthouse

Brant Point Lighthouse can be seen from the ferry.


Although the ferry ride was about a hour from Martha’s Vineyard, it felt a world away from the turmoil I had witnessed. I was happy to retreat to Nantucket for a few days of painting and quiet.

Old Brant Point Lighthouse

Most people don’t realize this a lighthouse because the lens is missing.


I had reluctantly booked a stay at the hostel. I thought the military style sleeping arrangements would not offer the peace and quiet that I needed. To my surprise there was a curfew with a time of quiet at night. 

Sankaty Lighthouse

Sankaty Lighthouse took a little maneuvering to get to.


After three days of quiet and completing 4 paintings, I felt renewed. The hostel was beautiful and I memorialized my visit by painting it. Of course the weather was windy and the water turbulent on the ferry ride back to Martha’s Vineyard. I was afraid it was an indicator of things to come. 

Surfside Life Saving Station in Nantucket, MA was established in 1874. The Life Saving Service is the precursor to today’s United States Coast Guard. It is a National Landmark.

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The Quiet Before the Storm


Perched high on a cliff, East Chop Lighthouse is located in a quiet residential area. Surrounded by a grassy area with a picket fence and benches, the idyllic setting belies its noble purpose. The perils offshore inspired a mariner to raise money to privately build the lighthous in 1869. 

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Take Time To Pause

I love lighthouses but some more than others. Old Brant Point Lighthouse has no lens. Maybe this is why it connected with my artistic soul. I noticed that most people passed by this lighthouse on the way to see Brant Point Lighthouse a few steps away.


They only paused to look at the old lighthouse when they saw me drawing it. When they paused, I felt like I had achieved my purpose. That is really why I paint lighthouses. I want to offer people a moment to reflect and pause. It is in those moments that we can rediscover ourselves and the world around us. 

San Marco Celebration 

See captivating art at Trends.


Enjoy family friendly events at the 21st Anniversary of the installation of the Lions Fountain. The San Marco Preservation Society and the San Marco Merchants Association hosts this birthday celebration on Saturday from 4-8 pm. Experience art at Trends Home and Art Boutique. Trends is open 11-4 pm. 

Art Guild of Orange Park “Our Town” exhibit.

 

San Marco is a popular destination in Jacksonville, Florida. It is home to art galleries, Art Deco buildings, outstanding restaurants, historic mansions, fashionable boutiques and more.  

Trends is located at 3915 Hendricks Avenue in San Marco.

Fiesta at Yellow Door Taqueria 

Celebratory Mocktail

To celebrate my flight home after an extended visit in Boston, I dined at Yellow Door Taqueria in Dorchester. The ambience and decor were cool and enticing. There were tacos, ceviche and salads to chose from on the menu. I had read that the corn tortillas were made fresh everyday, so I decided on a taco. I placed an order of salsa and chips as an appetizer. It was fresh and delicious. 

Bar area

Festive and funky decor awaits guests.

I selected the Veggie 2.0 taco that normally comes with a chipotle black bean purée, squash blossoms, mushrooms, poblano coconut sauce, nopales, limes, crispy tortilla strings and cilantro. I decided to take a chance on the nopales, and forego the black beans. If I had to do it over again I would forego the nopales because they are a little tart. Overall the taco was tasty but more like a tapa. 

Vegetarian taco

This taco was delicious but more like a tapa.


To cap off the meal and my celebration, I ordered a Pina Colada Mocktail. It was almost too beautiful to drink! It came with pineapples, coconut and lime. It was as good to look at as it was to drink. 

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