Just deleted my Twitter account. I can’t be associated with a bigoted Boer from the Transvaal like Elon Musk. Go home, Elon.
I just finished reading William Doyle’s 2015 book about Kennedy’s PT 109. A great read. Whatever people think about JFK the politician, there’s no doubt he was a real hero following the destruction of his boat in the Solomons. (I can’t help wondering if Kennedy’s later outbursts of anger about the incident were due to a degree of PTSD.) Anyway, the book mentioned there are two surviving PT boats on display at Battleship Cove in Mass. I drove up this morning to see one.
Standing beside the first boat, I was surprised at its overall size. PT 617 was large (80 ft) with a wide beam and an open deck that allowed for easy movement. The interior—seen through cut-out windows—seemed spacious for a dozen or so men. It had radar and heavy guns. At 40 knots and a 500-mile range, it seems like a great machine to run around the South Pacific in…provided no one was shooting at you.
A walk through URI’s Alton Jones Campus. Sadly, the 2300-acre wooded campus has become a financial burden. It reminds me of Walden Pond 40 years ago.
And a book among the barroom bottles. Hope someone reads it.
“Distant Cottage” by Olivia Ann Rolston. From this year’s New England Landscapes exhibit at the Old Lyme Art Association gallery. This could have been the cover of my next novel, The Cottage Industry. Instead, it’s hanging in the foyer.
Does this qualify as art? Either way, it’s a gift from fellow writers in Maryland.