I was thinking I'd take a walk on the beach this morning or afternoon, maybe even with my grandson Lachlan. But the day is gray and dreary. Rain continues to fall in steady, rhythmic cadence. Maybe it will clear up later on. We're all hoping it will.
Yesterday I was privileged to enjoy a pleasant evening with former Ocracoke minister, Jimmy Creech; his wife, Chris; and their friends from Raleigh, Leila & Don. At the Cafe Atlantic we got into an animated conversation about New Testament scholarship. There was significant disagreement at the table which contributed to a lively debate. Leila commented that this was probably the most stimulating talk on the island. I was unconvinced. Ocracoke is thick with interesting, thoughtful, passionate, and knowledgeable folks. As if to prove my point one of the waitresses stopped by to chat. Claire grew up on Ocracoke but has lived in Honduras & Nicaragua, is proficient in American Sign Language, speaks Spanish nearly fluently, has worked with international peace organizations, and is planning to volunteer with "Potters for Peace" in Central America this winter.
This is definitely a most interesting small community to live in.
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Old August Storm of 1899, published September 15, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news091505.htm.