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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 admit to being conflicted. I grew up in the North Carolina Piedmont, the mountains were never far away. The Blue Ridge Parkway was in my backyard. We spent the summer vacations that we didn’t go to the beach in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at View from the Mountain
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I am not sure not how people managed in the first half of the twentieth century before there were yards to connect them to the soil around their homes. I suspect that they were working in their gardens and fields.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2022 at View from the Mountain
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The Internet and I got to be friends almost 30 years ago and as I wrote in the article, Connecting Electronically Wasn’t Always So Easy, my Internet speeds and connectivity have struggled to keep up with my business needs. In... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2022 at View from the Mountain
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Streaming your choice of video channels is what the future holds. I spend a good chunk of my day job looking at the prices of Internet services across the county. I studied cable, DSL, and fiber services in dozens of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2022 at View from the Mountain
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We lived in Carteret County, North Carolina, for over sixteen years. My Northern Virginia son believed that we lived somewhere beyond the edge of civilization. It is true that our former home is surrounded on the north and east sides... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2022 at View from the Mountain
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Christmas is a very personal holiday sometimes surrounded with festive communities. In 1973, my wife and I had our first Christmas together on the Nova Scotia coast. Thirty-three years later in 2006, we were back on the coast. This time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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Fiber connectivity can make a huge difference in your life. When we started planning our move, my first requirement was that we find a home with fiber connectivity. It was not a snap decision. My work career in technology will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2021 at View from the Mountain
I certainly appreciate the comments and your continuing readership. I remember a while back that you thought I had dropped off the radar. I hope that won't happen for a while. if all goes well I will be headed up to SW Virginia for a short visit before the end of the year. It will be interesting to get a brief glimpse of some of the changes. I have not visited the area since September of 2018. I won't likely make it to Roanoke, but I am sure that a lot of memories will come flooding back and some will end up on View from the Mountain. As long as I am breathing, I will probably be writing. Thanks again- David
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2021 on The Company of Cats at View from the Mountain
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I have invited Jessie, one our four marsh cats to be the guest writer for post number fifteen hundred. I think she has a talent for writing. She certainly campaigned hard for the opportunity during the last seven days. Each... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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By the time I found the first trail that really meant something to my life, I had graduated from college and was living in an old farm house on the shore of the Bay of Fundy. Behind the house was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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When I was around three years old, my single mother and I moved to Lewisville, North Carolina from just across the Yadkin River in Yadkin County. It was where my mother had been born on a mill pond. Sometime before... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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Towns are magnets and they suck people from the countryside, especially the young and talented. We noticed this happening when we returned to New Brunswick in 2012.We farmed there in the seventies and early eighties. Since our trip, what remained... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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I don't want to be the old guy complaining about other people trying to earn a living. I would like to provide some constructive criticism that might make all of our lives easier. I spent nearly twenty years at Apple... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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Clean ovens are not something that typically cause me to worry. For that matter dirty ovens don't bother me much either. I do pay a lot of attention to my frying pans. I regularly clean the pans that I use.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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An overlooked challenge of the pandemic is that it has been very hard on clothing, specifically shirts. I have never been easy on clothing. I have a long history of getting dirty. When we lived on the farm, my wife,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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I remember well the Sunday afternoons under the shade trees enjoying watermelon or homemade peach ice cream. As children, we played like there was no tomorrow. It was a simpler time when people could actually talk politics without getting angry.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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You cannot have a ghost story without a spooky, somewhat mysterious house and where I grew up in rural Forsyth County was nothing like that but things change. My mother moved back to 347 West Pine Street (pictured to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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When I was chasing cows around our farm in Canada, I would have laughed if someone told me that I would replace my wife as the bread baker. I still remember the days that she would bake four or five... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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Suburban homeowners have a different set of fall chores than we did back on the farm. In our years on the farm from 1974 to the early eighties, all seasons were busy, even the dead of winter. Fall could be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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Technology that empowers you is more than just cool stuff. To be really successful, technology has to be affordable, easy to use, and capable of accomplishing important tasks which were previously difficult to do. I was working for Apple Canada... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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Apparently none of the storybook scary tales of danger in the forest ever stuck with me. In rural North Carolina in the fifties, no one worried about evil happening in the forests that surrounded us. We did not understand it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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We moved to our farm in Tay Creek, New Brunswick in the fall of 1975. We bought a few cows and they were housed in the old style barn that came with the farm. That spring I went to Manitoba... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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I have eaten a lot of turkey in my life. Much of it has been cooked at home, some at friends' homes, and even more at feasts hosted by my relatives. I do not remember my mother cooking a turkey... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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I grew up with a mother who spent most of her free time digging in the dirt. She loved flowers and they responded to her love. Roses grew for her in places no one else could get them to grow.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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In my mind's eye I can see the mill pond, the mill and the house. I have certainly heard enough stories. My mother grew up there. As a very young child she got lost in the woods one night. She... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2021 at View from the Mountain