The Prince of Nod

I am a young boy, waiting in the reeds. I crouch and make myself as small as possible, trying not to disturb the small creatures. The soft light of my home ripples in the pond as my mother calls me back inside. I’ve been trying to collect bullfrogs in a small inflatable pool; up to my ankles in mud. The green leaves are as fresh as they can be and in the distance, a faint thunderstorm echoes mildly like knocking on a soft, dead tree. The water in the pond has baked in the sun all day and remains warm to the touch while I run my fingers through the tall grass that extends out of the banks.

Up the hill, my family prepares the dinner table out on the porch; a chandelier of candles drips intermittently and the wax solidifies onto the glass table top. I take my time walking up the drive, cool blue and fresh green painting a summer’s night with fireflies sparkling in the valley between our house and the neighbor’s. Nothing could feel more safe.

I have trouble remembering how perfect it was then, my family was whole – no one was sick or separated. This was our castle on the hill and we ate dinner that night in a suspended oasis, covered from the storm by a plexiglass ceiling fixed to the side of the house. I was lucky. I don’t feel that way as much anymore.

Sprite Island, CT


This is one of my favorite places on earth. Sprite Island off the coast of Connecticut. The photo was taken by my good friend Dan. Without his family, I would never have gotten the opportunity to see this place year after year growing up further inland. The words peace and relaxation come to mind immediately. I’ve never had a bad day at Sprite. Thanks Ohrems!

Kent Falls


Just went to Kent Falls in Kent, Connecticut yesterday. Had a great time. It costs $6 to get in (used to be free) but it was worth it. You can hike up the side of the falls and it is not too difficult a hike.  A new path has been built along with some look-out posts on stilts; where you get a great view. There is also a big mowed field at the bottom; which is perfect for Frisbee, football or soccer and grilling out. I don’t think you can swim at the bottom of the falls anymore, but I think the park people leave around 6 pm so … you can make a judgement call there. The falls extend a lot further up than in my picture above so you’ll have to venture up the trail to see the whole thing. If your in the Connecticut area, it’s an awesome day trip. Have Fun!