Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mustang Sally & the Victoria S

This is the perfect day to curl up with a good book. Maybe that's why it is so quiet along Howard Street this morning. Only a few people are milling about. The skies are gray and heavy. Trees and bushes are glistening with raindrops. There are puddles in the roads.

Actually I started my latest book last night and picked it up first thing this morning. I have become captivated by it. Kitty Mitchell's mother, Sally Martin, has written her memoir of a recent adventure. It is called "Mustang Sally's Guide to World bicycle Touring." That's right, at the age of 65 Sally bicycled around the world! Quite a remarkable feat! (Sally's daughter, Kitty, is the bass guitarist for Ocracoke's band, "Molasses Creek.")

On page 51, Sally says, "My high school English teacher had said I had a talent for the humorous, personal essay." Her teacher was right. Her book is a thoroughly enjoyable read (though it could use more editing -- the all-too-numerous typos can get distracting).

In other news, today is the anniversary of the wreck of the four-masted schooner, "Victoria S," on Ocracoke's beach in 1925.

You can read our latest newsletter here. It's a history of Ocracoke's historic Howard Street.

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