The spirit of community lives on at Ocracoke. Much like the comics characters, Dagwood and Herb Woodley, who frequently borrow each other's tools, we often do the same here on the island. About 25 years ago my neighbor, Al, had just gotten a brand new leather tool belt, but he didn't have a project at the time. I did, however, so Al loaned me the belt. I've had it ever since! He told me he'd let me know when he needed it back, but he seemed to do just fine without it, so I've kept it.
A few days ago, as I was putting on the tool belt to begin a minor carpentry project, I noticed that the stitching on one of the nail pockets was coming undone. I felt bad about it, so I called Al up. "Al," I said, "I thought you should know. You're tool belt is coming apart. It's time for you to buy a new one."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter provides more information about the majestic live oaks on Ocracoke Island. You can read it here.
To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.