THANK YOU, GLOUCESTER!! You made our “Bay State Skye” book release weekend a fun-filled, memorable and very successful event! It was so good to catch up with old friends and to make some new ones, too! Hope you enjoy reading the “Bay State Skye.”
The Seine Boat Race is another time honored event that takes place every summer in Gloucester during St. Peter’s Fiesta. It was from this event that the dory race teams were selected to compete against the strong teams from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Both these events are featured in our new book, Bay State Skye. Enjoy the
Guaranteed to make you smile! A short video of the 2017 Greasy Pole Contest, a Gloucester tradition that’s included in my new book, “Bay State Skye.” You’re welcome!
I most often blog about seaside topics, but I thought I’d put my publisher hat on for a moment and speak to the dilemma of submitting an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of a book for review. Most of us who have published books in the past have sent advanced reader copies to newspapers, magazines, and
The tube feet of a sea star are part of a spectacular vascular system, sucking water out of each foot to create a suction and pushing water into each to release the suction. They are fascinating to watch, and so strong! (Video by the New England Aquarium)
Wonderful to see the New England Aquarium chose a blue lobster for their First Night ice sculpture to ring in the 2018 New Year. It’s the perfect compliment to our blue lobster story, Something’s Tugging on My Claw! Click for WCVB TV video of theBlue Lobster Sculpture/New England Aquarium Story Click to browse Something’s Tugging on My
Mike just taught me how to tie a bowline knot. I learned about these knots when doing research for my new book “Bay State Skye.” (due to be released in May, 2018) They’re used by fishermen to tie their boats to pylons because once tied, the loop doesn’t tighten. Mike learned how to tie bowline knots
Alex has made her life’s ambition to draw illustrations of ocean life in an effort to “get the public excited and engaged in (marine) science in hopes that it will inspire a desire to learn more and become better informed.” I couldn’t have said it better myself! This is why I’ve written and will continue
Tybee Island Marine Science Center took a photo of a turtle eclipsing the sun… how clever. This really illustrates how important it is for marine life swimming near the water’s surface to have white or light undersides that blend with the light shining into the water. Light bellies help them to camouflage their bodies from
A great big thank you to Rick Page of Classic Taxidermy in Middleton for preserving Loki’s shell. Loki was the model lobster for my book, “Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” I let Loki go last year and hopefully he’s happy back in the waters off Cape Ann, and we have his shed shell to remember
Did you know that the crusher claw of a lobster can be found on either the left or right side of a lobster? Since this is the lobster’s dominant claw, if the lobster’s crusher is on its right side, it’s considered a right handed lobster. Pictured are two lobsters that dropped their crusher claws to
This is such a brilliant, brief listing of ways to help out a favorite author without spending a dime. I know that most independent authors would be excited if you were able to do just one of the first five suggestions. I know it would make my day! THANKS SO MUCH to everyone who has
I’m excited to say that although the cold, snowy spring hasn’t been my favorite, it’s given me additional down time to complete the book I’ve been working on for the past three years. I’ve been drawn to writing Bay State Skyesince my life has been strangely intertwined with the conflicting industries of lobstering and seafood processing,
Fascinating work the folks down at the Mote Aquarium in Florida are doing to restore coral reefs. I once observed a sea star regenerate four new rays from one ray that had broken off. The four rayed parent sea star also grew another ray to replace the one it had lost, resulting in two complete,
What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss story? Mine is “What Was I Scared Of?” Check it out. It’s a lesser known story at the end of “The Sneetches and Other Stories.” I loved Dr. Seuss stories as a kid, and feel they’ve had a significant influence on my own writing and illustrating. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!