Friday, January 19, 2007

Island Guilt

Two nights ago district Park Ranger, Kenny Ballance, accosted me at a community meeting. Kenny is the primary caregiver for our oldest island resident, Muzel Bryant. Muze, as she is generally known, will be 103 years old in March. "Muze is about to worry me to death," Kenny remarked. "She keeps asking me why Philip Howard hasn't been by to visit. She thinks you've died!"

Oh what a guilt trip! Unfortunately, I seem to be coming down with another winter cold, so I don't want to pass it along. I suppose I'll just give her a phone call -- real soon. Muze's inquiry is a testament to her sharp intellect. It's wonderful how she keeps up with daily island life. And it certainly gives me a boost to know that our oldest islander wants me to stop by for a visit.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Jamie Tunnell's story about Dory Fishing on Ocracoke's Beach. Click on the link to read it.

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