search instagram arrow-down

Recent Posts


Top Posts & Pages

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 5,631 other subscribers


Thanks for Freshly Pressing me again!!

Freshly Pressed

Blog Stats

Blogs I Follow

Blog Stats

And again! Thank you to all who follow and support me!!

The mail brought one final holiday card today. It is from my friend Michael in Toronto. How very Michael to send a card in January, I’m so pleased he was thinking of me.


We met four  years ago when I took Hanni and her buddy Hannah (yes, they were just called  The Hannahs – or Webbs and Schaef if you needed to be specific) to Negril for vacation. We rented a couple of rondellas at Light House Park. This resort sits high on the cliffs outside of town. Michael was also a guest and the self-appointed maître d’ and entertainment director. Like myself, he had come there for years, though strangely we had never been there at the same time before. He cooked fabulous meals in the community kitchen and had an inflatable boat that he managed to get up and down the ladders to the sea.

DSC_0040 DSC_0043

For New Year’s Eve, Michael sent out the word;  loyal friends and locals flocked to the impromptu stage to see “The Fabulous Fancy” sing and perform.


An artist, an author, and an all around fascinating person, Michael captured my heart. There were times when I stood back and questioned my sanity. How to tell the “other” Hannah’s parents that we spent an evening listening to karaoke performed by a Canadian drag queen, who also taught them to navigate the cliffs in search of caves and ride the waves off into the sunset?



The girls worked with Michael on a project for the Park. The three would sit by the hour in the afternoon, escaping the blistering sun and working on a hand-painted sign.


DSC_0019Two years later, I made a plan to meet Michael and share a house at Light House Park. We met in the customs line at the airport and it was so wonderful to see him again.


He piloted our rental car out of the city and soon we were whizzing along the coast. It felt like home when we arrived at the gates of the Park. For ten glorious days we swam in the sea, wrote in the shade and cooked amazing fresh food.


We took a few side trips, adventures to spots one or both of us had been on past trips. It was like being with your favorite girlfriend in the package of a handsome guy. It may be simply a holiday card every year, but I know he is out there and thinking of me as I do him.

Thank you, Michael!



2 comments on “a Letter from Michael…

  1. Touring NH says:

    He sounds like quite a character! It’s great to have friends like that. Toronto isn’t too far away, sounds like a road trip!


  2. Sounds like he’d be the life of the party!


Love to know what you are thinking! And thank you for commenting.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Pragma Synesi - interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Putnam, in the studio and beyond

Reflections and ruminations in Education, Beauty, Art and Philosophy

Badfish & Chips Cafe

Travel photos, memoirs & letters home...from anywhere in the world

The city of adventure

From there to back again (usually on a bike)

Nolsie Notes

My stories, observations, and art.

Shellie Troy Anderson


Oh, the Places We See . . .

Never too old to travel!

The Task at Hand

A Writer's On-Going Search for Just the Right Words

Going to Seed in Zones 5b-6a

The Adventures of Southern Gardeners Starting Over in New England

I Walk Alone

The World One Step At A Time

Tootlepedal's Blog

A look at life in the borders

Susan's Musings

Whimsical Stuff from a Writer's Mind

Travels with Choppy

A dog and cat in clothing. Puns. Travel. Bacon. Not necessarily in that order. News

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

A Sawyer's Daughter

The Life & Times of a Sawmill Man's Eldest Child

On The Heath

where would-be writer works with words

The adventures of timbertwig in the forest of Burnley and the Rossendale Valley

crafts, permaculture, forest management, self employment, cycling


Time to change, live, encourage and reflect.


Bring new life to your garden!

The Grey Enigma

Help is not coming. Neither is permisson. -

Ethereal Nature

The interface of the metaphysical, the physical, and the cultural

UP!::urban po'E.Tree(s)

by po'E.T. and the colors of pi

Kindness Blog

Kindness Changes Everything

Crazy Green Thumbs

Chronicling a delusional gardening experience.

New Hampsha' Bees

Raising bees holistically in New Hampshire

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

Therapeutic Misadventures

Daily musings on life after 60 & recreating oneself

valeriu dg barbu

©valeriu barbu

Writing Out Loud

A Place of Observation

cancer killing recipe

Inspiration for meeting life's challenges.

Archon's Den

The Rants & Rambles of A Grumpy Old Dude


Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. Kurt Vonnegut

Once upon a time... I began to write

My journey in writing a novel

Not a Day Over 45

A View from Mid-Life

Sharon Hewitt Rawlette, PhD


Diana Tibert

~ I write -

White Shadows

Story of a white pearl that turned to ashes while waiting for a pheonix to be born inside her !

At Home in New Hampshire

Living and Writing in the North East


Two rare, life-threatening diseases that led to a bone marrow transplant and a snappy Buttkick List



International Cowgirl Blog

%d bloggers like this: