Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer's End?

Signs are pointing to the end of summer, and the beginning of fall. Days are becoming noticeably shorter, and quieter. Amy, David, Lachlan, and I took a walk Saturday night, and we all commented on how delightful it was. The temperature was in the mid 70s, and there was hardly any humidity. Daytime temperatures this week are predicted to be in the mid-80s. We know, of course, that we'll still have some hot, humid days through September, but the long stretches of wilting heat are behind us.

In addition, college students and other summer employees are talking about heading back to school, or back to their home countries. At the same time, streets are less crowded, and parking lots much emptier. Those of us who live on Ocracoke are starting to think about enjoying more time for ourselves, our families, and our community...and we should still have several weeks of superb weather to enjoy.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter, Looking for the Wahabs of Ocracoke, was written by Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. You can read the article here:


  1. Anonymous9:01 AM

    "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

    A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

    A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

    A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

    A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

    A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

    A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

    A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." (Ecclesiastes 3:1 - 8, KJV)

    How richly blessed you and your family are, Philip, to witness the glorious changing of the seasons on Ocracoke Island. Autumn is one of my most favorite seasons of all on your lovely island. We should all notice & cherish the moments of each season, as it arrives and as it passes by us.

    Praying no hurricanes affect Ocracoke this "hurricane season".

  2. Anonymous9:35 AM

    Well could it be the hurricane is providing the weather pattern you are enjoying ??? as the system out in the Atlantic is sucking all the moisture and humidity from the air to be a bigger badder hurricane? I down in Florida do not find moisture condensing on my windows today and I am inland.

  3. Anonymous10:33 AM

    How long ago did you commence this blog, Phillip? As you mark the passing of seasons with today's post, I just wondered how many you've documented here. Regardless, here's to many more.

  4. I've been posting on this blog for almost six years and close to 2,000 posts. This is my eleventh year of publishing our monthly Ocracoke Newsletter (see, Enjoy!

  5. Anonymous11:01 PM

    I presume it's not the sort of thing one thinks about for oneself, but...I'd venture to suggest that your 2,000 posts have a place in the Ocracoke Preservation Society. Just sayin'.

  6. Anonymous7:30 AM

    I've thought the very same thing as the other blogger wrote.

    One rainy afternoon a few weeks ago, I started reading some of the older blogs from the "early years" and found it most interesting. I read for hours.

    It would be wonderful journal/diary material for the Ocracoke Preservation Society. A modern day blog sprinkled with many tidbits of days gone by.

    Something to ponder....

  7. Thank you all for your kind words. I started printing the blogs and newsletters last year (so my grandchildren would have copies) but I never got very far. Maybe this winter!