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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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Tulip Magnolia, Mocksville, NC How wonderful is it to wake up and the most important news that you read this morning is that nearby Clemmons is getting an Aldi grocery store? Not only did I wake up to that interesting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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Our Lewisville Home around 1959 On a clear day, Pilot Mountain is reassuringly visible as we turn out of our subdivision. Our move to North Carolina’s Piedmont has made me feel like I have come home. We are living out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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Our Neighborhood east of Mocksville, NC We just finished a move just one month shy of the first anniversary of the COVID19 pandemic. We had to sell our old home, move, and settle in to a new community at a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at View from the Mountain
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We are all comatose by the hot fire after a wonderful Thanksgiving feast that we did all on our own. The feast took place in my 200-year-old farmhouse on the shores of Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy. It was Thanksgiving,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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Sunset from the Point at Emerald Isle. It is wonderful to have enjoyed a life where I had some choices to make that actually made a huge difference in our lives. Many less fortunate than me have few choices open... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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November Sunset White Oak River This November will bring up the sixteenth anniversary of my first post on Typepad. November is a time for memories for me. I wrote on the web for a few years before I found Typepad... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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Ed, a good friend of mine who died a few years ago, used to say that if you were willing to look a little, most of the time you could find a place on the water in Carteret County where... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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Many people have asked me how I ended up farming in New Brunswick. It is a fair question. I did not grow up on a farm. I went to a military school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and got my undergraduate degree... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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There are lots of other pictures that I might have chosen to honor my mother on what would have been her 110th birthday. This particular picture reminds me that even as her journey on earth neared its end, her eyes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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My history with sourdough goes back to my almost-hippy days in 1973. I say almost because real hippies in Nova Scotia did not drive big John Deere diesel tractors. I was living on the land and growing much of my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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I am not sure why, but breakfast seems more and more important during the current crisis. I cannot remember when I did not cook my own breakfast, but there could have been a period when we lived on our farm,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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I bought a 13-inch MacBook Pro in early July of 2020. It is actually the first Apple laptop that I have purchased in the fourteen years since I bought a white plastic MacBook with one of Apple's first Intel processors.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at Applepeels
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Fixating on and focusing on a phrase or a few words is the province of those with very small minds. I recently got a full dose of this. However, it wasn't as bad as the two and one half hour... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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Why you might ask would you write about the perfect breakfast on the day before the Fourth of July? It's not quite hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement and surely there must be something more interesting. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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Well, it turns out that the answer depends on a series of intertwined by-laws, covenants, precedents, and enforcement. While it looks simple, it is not. We will work our way towards an answer by looking at some history. Navigating what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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These are not normal times for any of us. If you are older, you possibly feel isolated. Issues that are minor during normal times sometimes seem impossible to solve during this crisis. Our lives almost feel like they are on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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Many of you do not remember the days before the Internet was always on and always with us. However, people did communicate electronically before the Internet but it was done with proprietary systems that had limited access. I worked for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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Raymond's Gut, Crystal Coast, NC We live in one of the most beautiful corners of the US, North Carolina's Crystal Coast and if you look at the numbers, so far we have done very well during this pandemic. Our county... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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Raymond's Gut behind our NC home When an event sears your soul and strips away a layer of your innocence, you never forget. Early on I remember standing in line for polio vaccinations but somehow we knew the scientists would... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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The picture to the left is the view from my home office. There are backsteps from my office to our dock where I can drop a boat into the water from the lift that is about twenty-five feet behind the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is already in Onslow County, just across the river from our home in Carteret County and in Craven County, another adjoining county so we know it is coming. For just a while longer life here still revolves around... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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I have been working from home for most of my adult life. Lots of people joke about how you can goof off while working from home. Fortunately, I have worked in enough offices to know that the biggest goof-offs usually... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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Great Egrets seem to spend all their time focused on catching a meal, grooming, or enjoying a sunny or perhaps at least a sheltered perch. They don't seem to mind wading around in cold water. They typically avoid confrontation but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2020 at View from the Mountain
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I was five years old before there was a television in our neighborhood. I was in grade school before we had a black and white set in our home in Lewisville, North Carolina, just west of Winston-Salem. It was a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2019 at View from the Mountain
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Having friends is one of the great pleasures in life, but I am not one of those people who will bend over backward to make certain that everyone loves me. I long ago learned that is impossible. Some people just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at View from the Mountain