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ocracokewaves
Cape Carteret, NC
A writer/photograher/fisherman hooked on technology
Interests: fishing, photography, biking, kayaking, swimming, boating, and writing
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I had just come in from spraying some weeds in our yard after lunch. My t-shirt was soaked and I had what appeared to be water running down my face. My wife wanted to know if I had squirted myself... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Angus Cattle-Tay Ridge Farm Cows are interesting creatures. They can prosper off of land and food that few other animals can manage. They are very hardy and survive all sorts of extremes of weather. They are very focused animals. They... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at The Canada I miss
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Most people think little about the weather but I long ago confessed to being a weather junkie so when it is hot, I think about how to share my experiences with the heat. If nothing else, writing about the heat... Continue reading
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Stirred-up White Oak River As I was out fishing from my kayak in the White Oak River the other day, it occurred to me that no-wake zones offer a good metaphor for looking at some of the changes in our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Morehead City Waterfront I have written in our book, A Week At The Beach - The Emerald Isle Travel Guide, that Swansboro just ten minutes by boat or fifteen by car from our house is a well-loved adopted child of... Continue reading
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Most folks think about the beach in terms of their annual vacation. That was the way I grew up in North Carolina during the fifties. Most summers mother would pile me into the car with as many of her nieces... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Gardening is tricky stuff no matter where you live if you depend on mother nature for your moisture and heat. Gardening also takes constant work. You cannot plant and just leave it. I had one of those the summer that... Continue reading
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There are lots of reasons to like living in the South. Today's lunch is a perfect example. Where else but the South is mac and cheese considered a vegetable? Then there is my barbecue sandwich. Last night we went out... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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I will admit to not remembering much from long ago Sunday school lessons, but I do remember that being gracious to strangers was an important part of life. It was also important in my upbringing. My mother used to tell... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Raymond's Gut on a Nova Scotia day We have actually have been through a remarkable stretch of sunny but windy weather along the Crystal Coast, but Wednesday, May 18, 2016 reminded me a lot of a day in Nova Scotia.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at The Canada I miss
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I would like to say that the secret to great tomatoes is eating more Chinese food but there is a little more to it than saving your chopsticks during the year because they are helpful when growing tomatoes. I have... Continue reading
While I have some pretty good passwords, I doubt they would slow the authorities. Of additional interest is that the use by terrorists of Apple equipment including Macs is not something new. Because Macs were different and came with the ability to encrypt data long ago, they were favorites of both the good guys and the bad guys. I still remember the panic at Apple corporate when a picture of a training camp for terrorists surfaced. It was complete with a lab of Macs.
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Apple has come out with a strong statement about privacy. Our commitment to protecting your privacy comes from a deep respect for our customers. We know that your trust doesn’t come easy. That’s why we have and always will work... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Applepeels
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In my book, The Road to My Country, I wrote the following. In some ways, memories are like small towns along a highway. You're in the dark until all of sudden, you round a corner onto Main Street, where the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Three things define spring by the water along the Crystal Coast, low water, cold water, and whipped up water chased from every direction by the wind. The picture above is of Bogue Sound on a day when boating water would... Continue reading
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Whenever I cross the threshold of another birthday, it prompts some looking back over years. I never fail to dig up a few lessons when I examine the past, even my own. History is a great teacher if we just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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There are people who are born in a community and end up living there most of their lives. I make no apology for not being one of those people. Living in a different place lets you look at life through... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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We all start out wishing to do great things. With life's ups and downs, being great can be a formidable challenge. Whether you are a business hoping to serve your customers a wonderful meal, a professional trying to deliver a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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While Apple will likely disagree with me and there is nothing new in that (See Applepeels), your iPhone is likely eating your photos. Before you get too upset, things are only slightly better in the Android world. Please do not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Today the sunshine on the Crystal Coast is so bright that taking a picture of Raymond's Gut, our inlet, is challenge. Winter brings us intense colors but not a lot of cold or snow. I like to think that is... Continue reading
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It seems like an impossible leap of faith that a biscuit could save energy, but I am convinced that a homemade biscuit does save energy. You have to understand the history of the biscuit first. The biscuit might have been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at View from the Mountain
What runs the engine at Apple has changed dramatically over the last few years. Someone who just moved on from Apple sent me this article about Chromebooks making up half of US classroom devices sold. The article did not surprise... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Applepeels
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One of the true benefits of living along the Crystal Coast is that we can choose to not be swept along with the holiday rush. There are people who can rush themselves to death anywhere but it is harder to... Continue reading
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It is human nature to want some praise for the work that you do but sometimes you accomplish more by staying in the shadows than stepping into the spotlight. While it is not written in my rules for a good... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at View from the Mountain
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It is often a challenge for some folks to separate reality from perception. So many have lives that are completely insulated from the environment and hardly step foot in the real world. The most some spend outside is going from... Continue reading