Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Practical Concerns

This is just one of those days -- emails to answer, trash to haul to the dump, laundry to wash, papers to organize..... In many ways living on Ocracoke is just like living anywhere else, I guess. It's difficult to ignore life's little details.

However, the weather has turned delightful this morning. Bright sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-50s will entice some of us to the beach later today. I suppose living on Ocracoke is a tad different from most other places.

Oh yes, one historical note. On this date in 1928 one of the last shipwrecks (not counting losses during World War II) to occur on our beaches was recorded. The four-masted schooner, George W. Truitt, Jr., laden with 645,000 feet of lumber, with a crew of seven "went ashore...in a 40 mile an hour gale from the southwest." All of the crew members were brought ashore in the breeches buoy.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter tells about island customs relating to death & dying. You can read the newsletter here.

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