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Detour Down Memory Lane

Detour Down Memory Lane

My home is Plum Island, Massachusetts. I’ve asserted that since I was about 10 or 11 years old. But the reality is: Plum Island started out as a summer house. My father, who grew up in Medford, Mass., started visiting the island when he was a boy in the 1920s and I first visited in 1965 when I was still in my mother’s womb. My folks bought the house my brother and I now live in back in 1972, when…

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Home Is Where…

Home Is Where…

Whenever I return to Plum Island, I cross the drawbridge onto the island and there’s a palpable feeling of lightening in my shoulders. No, Plum Island is not Xanadu or any other vision of utopia, but it’s home, warts and all. And home just feels RIGHT. But as good as it feels to be back on the island, it feels even better — even more like home — once I get into the water there. My preferred method for getting…

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There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

Being a surfer in New England is not easy. The water is usually frigid, the ocean usually flat. What waves we do get tend to be locally generated, with winter nor’easters usually creating the biggest surf. The highlight of every New England surfer’s year is hurricane season. No, it’s not easy to cheer on storms that can wreak havoc elsewhere, but the fact remains that these tropical behemoths typically don’t mess with New England (this year’s Irene being a notable…

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