44, Founder, Rockport Exchange, Rockport
Sitting at the counter at Brothers Brew coffee shop with my kids. Unless one of them is crying because the glazed doughnuts are sold out.
The way that Manchester-by-the-Book smells like a library from the 1950s. Just breathing the air in that space makes you feel better about humanity.
Recycling — and snagging — old stuff at the Rockport transfer station’s Swap Shop. Favorite find so far: a Technivorm Moccamaster coffee maker. Still reeling.
Long Beach in winter — a great stretch of sand, with the wind coming off the water and the cottages all buttoned down.
The windows at Andrew Spindler in Essex.
Walking down the long lane at Seaview Farm before stopping by the farm store for honey sticks.
Blueberry picking in Rockport’s South Woods in late July.
Charles Olson’s 1965 letter to the editor of the Gloucester Daily Times, on display at the Cape Ann Museum, lamenting the urban renewal-fueled destruction of Middle Street.
East Gloucester envy. I don’t live there, but from the outside it looks like the best neighborhood on Cape Ann.
All the wharves in Rockport and the way everyone takes these engineered marvels for granted — just another one of our abundant sources of beauty.