The book I am currently reading is The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. Kirkus Reviews had this to say: "This wise, witty ramble reads like Paul Theroux channeling David Sedaris on a particularly good day."
On Thursday night, when the "three young gypsies" (that's what we call Kyle, Paige, & Ben, the three college students who are working on Ocracoke this summer, and are staying in the gypsy wagon) stopped by to chat, talk turned to friends, and the unique sense of community we enjoy here on the island. I was reminded of a paragraph in The Geography of Bliss that I had just read, so I got out my book and read it aloud for them. I share it with our readers for reflection:
"...[T]he greatest source of happiness is other people--and what does money do? It isolates us from other people. It enables us to build walls, literal and figurative, around ourselves. We move from a teeming college dorm to an apartment to a house and, if we're really wealthy, to an estate. We think we're moving up, but really we're walling off ourselves."
Like most assertive statements like that, it is not entirely or always true, but it is certainly food for thought.
I know our summer has been enriched by having the three young gypsies as neighbors.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is "Remembering Growing up on Ocracoke" by Lawton Howard. You can read it here.