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It is February and I just found this in my yard.

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As you may know, I’m the Adventure Blogger for Bald Head Island Limited’s blog, The Island Times. What you may not know is that I also write for their magazine, haven.

Take a peek at haven, Bald Head Island's lifestyle magazine and visitor's guide. I have two stories in there.

haven comes out once a year and includes stories of the people, places and things that make Bald Head Island a great place to visit; it also includes rental and event information to help you plan a visit. You can visit Bald Head Island Limited’s site here and order a hard copy, or save some trees and read my stories on the online version of haven.

Flip through the magazine, but be sure to stop at pages 26 and 116 for my stories. On page 26 you’ll find a piece about standup paddleboarding, a new sport taking the world by storm. This was photographed by the awesome team at Millie Holloman Photography (there’s also a story about Millie and her family in this issue, written by my lovely wife) and the shots look great. In The Last Word, on page 116, I explore what it means to be silent and find silence on Bald Head Island. The story was inspired by Gordon Hempton’s book One Square Inch of Silence. You may find my take on that interesting.

Happy reading, and be sure to come back and look for more of my adventures on Bald Head Island throughout the year.

 

Ernie Brown, Spokescat for Teakettle Junction Productions.

Lauren and I have a cat, Ernestine Brown The Chocolate Kitty. She’s a good cat – little, playful, likes to sit on my lap. If you’d like to see what my typical workday is like, check out The Oatmeal’s recent comic, Cat vs Internet.

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Snowy palm tree in my neighborhood.

I miss snow. Living at the beach, we don’t see it much and it’s an even when we do, everyone down here in Wilmington panics and they forget how to drive and they buy all the bread, milk and toilet paper at Harris Teeter. The road crews down here are always caught off guard by snow, they don’t really have much equipment or many supplies (or really much experience) dealing with it, so an inch of snow will shut down the county for a day. Usually the threat of an inch of snow is enough to have the school board declare a snow day.

Yesterday, Sunday, was one such day. At 3 p.m. a note appeared at the top of the screen. “School Canceled – New Hanover County.” I laughed. Lauren laughed. The forecast was for snow and a “wintery mix” and every time the weather man has made this same forecast, the school board closes school and the public panics.

This morning it was cold, but clear. About a half hour after I got up I noticed the first snowflakes. A few minutes later I looked again – the car had some snow on the top. Over the next two hours it snowed about three inches. Now there’s a nice layer of sloppy, sleety, icy crap under three inches of beautiful snow. Since I work from home and Lauren was too, we took a quick walk around the block. Here are some photos.

 

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Lauren in the snow.

Our house in the snow.

 

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Lauren and I, self portrait with Android phone.

 

No Boundaries International Art Colony took over Captain Charlie's Cottages for two weeks of furious art making.

 

Three Wilmington artists started an art colony on Bald Head Island a few years ago. Now the No Boundaries International Art Colony brings artists from around the world to Bald Head Island for two weeks of art and camaraderie with fellow artists. I was lucky enough to visit No Boundaries for the second consecutive year and to attend their closing gala and gallery show. I wrote a story about it here.

 

 

 

Shawn Best, director of The Woods Gallery on Bald Head Island, paints on the porch.

 

 

Tubes and cups of color wait for the artists return.

 

 

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