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I see you,
dancing in the salty breeze and
along the jut of the horizon.

I feel you,
in the smooth sand beneath my feet and on the firm rocks along the shore.

I hear you,
in the call of the seagulls and in the gentle lap of the waves.

I miss you,
deep within my heart and as the memories of you float through my mind, while I walk along this coastal shore.


Date Balls

One of the fondest memories that I have of my mother is at Christmas time when we would make date balls. Making the balls has been a long-standing tradition passed down throughout our family. My sister and I, along with our daughters, make them every Christmas. I have shipped them as far south as North Carolina when one of our best friends was stationed down there because he loves them so much. I hope you enjoy them whatever time of year or wherever you choose to make them!

(Double Batch)

2 eggs
2 cups white sugar
2 8oz. packages of chopped dates
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 sticks butter
5 cups crispy rice cereal
2 cups flaked coconut


In a large saucepan over low heat, combine the eggs, butter, sugar and dates. Bring to a boil, stirring until thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and crispy rice cereal. Let cool a bit so you don’t burn yourself, but not so much that the mixture cools too much and hardens. Butter hands and roll the mixture into balls, then roll the balls in coconut. You can serve them fresh or freeze them for later.

Coastal Maine

imageCoastal Maine

My mother grew up on a small island off the coast of Maine. Cancer took her life when I was thirteen and my fondest memories are of our visits to her beloved coast. I still make an annual homage to the coast and spend my time visiting all the places that we loved the most. Her grandfather was a Lighthouse Keeper and Muma spent summers with him as a child. Because of this, she had a particular fondness for lighthouses. I took these photos at the Owl’s Head Lighthouse in Owl’s Head Maine.

I hope you enjoy them.

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