Wondering and wandering....

Musing and muttering...

Mary Richmond

Mary Richmond
Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA
August 09
Sole Proprietor
Cape Cod Art and Nature
Nature Columnist for weekly Cape Cod Newspapers. Artist, writer, naturalist and educator putting it all together to make a living.


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APRIL 17, 2013 11:26AM

Finding peace after the bombs....

View from Barnstable Harbor, Sandy Neck by Mary Richmond
         As I rise on this morning a robin is singing lustily outside my window while chickadees bicker with escalating “chick-a-dee-dee” calls. Cardinals duel from two separate trees, each song getting louder and more insistent than the lasRead full post »
FEBRUARY 5, 2013 4:23PM

Rare Thoughts

 fireflies by mary richmond

There seems to be something in human nature that enjoys a rarity. We like thinking we are having a unique experience or seeing a rare sight. Is it because we spend so much time in groups and have so much in common with our fellow humans that something unusual and… Read full post »

JANUARY 30, 2013 9:01AM

Being good neighbors....

walking the beach by Mary Richmond 

       Recently I have become more and more aware and amazed at how disrespectful some people are to their neighbors and their neighborhood in general. I am seeing young people tossing bags of fast food trash out car windows, working men tossing Styrofoam coffee cupsRead full post »

JANUARY 9, 2013 4:43PM

Let there be peace....

beach sunset by Mary Richmond
 I wrote this piece shortly after the Newtown tragedy...as a nature writer I was at a loss to make sense of it all...I still am...
 When I was a child I sang in the youth choir at my church. We were very young, under ten years old, but ourRead full post »
NOVEMBER 19, 2012 4:27PM

A Walk in Gratitude

A bluebird in fall
 The morning moves from dark to light through a palette of color that makes a mere painter blush with inadequacy. First a thread of palest peach lines the horizon splitting the grays and violets of the sky from the grays and violet blues of the sea. A smear of rose… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 2, 2012 8:05AM

After the storm blew through....

After the howling wind quieted and the rain stopped hammering my windows everything seemed eerily quiet. Even when I woke in the middle of the night and looked out my window into the dark the whole world seemed strangely still. In the morning I would learn that while things were quietRead full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2011 12:34PM

Happy New Year from the beach....

beach scene, my photograph 

Open sky

Far as I can see

Meeting water

At that invisible line

Horizon line

Gives me perspective

Between sky and sea

 summer umbrellas, photo by me

Sand meets foamy waves

White terns flash overhead

Yellow dog swims by

Bikinis crowd the beachRead full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2011 2:39PM

A Truth About Santa

 Christmas morning from my childhood
        When I was a very small child my parents told me Santa had little invisible elves called Brownies that were watching my every move. They watched me pick up my toys and not eat my peas. They watched me zip up my jacket and pull… Read full post »
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DECEMBER 19, 2011 2:42PM

Why I Still Love Christmas....

 Me, about 5, with the Christmas tree...
        I come from a long line of Christmas loving people. As far back as I can remember Christmas was the one day all year long when everyone in my family was happy and relaxed. That isn’t true, actually, but they wanted it to be true and someRead full post »
NOVEMBER 10, 2011 11:17AM

Thanks, Dad

my dad in his army uniform
 My dad was a veteran and proud to be one. He joined the army when he was 18 but he just missed the Korean War and spent his army years stateside. He met his best friend in the army and missed the discipline and camaraderie of being in the serviceRead full post »
NOVEMBER 9, 2011 10:22AM

Just Be Yourself....

my collage
 Just Be Yourself….


 In my opinion these may be some of the most overused and misunderstood words in the English language. Think about it. If we were all just ourselves the world would be a chaotic messy place. Noisy, too. Y’know why? Because if we were really t… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2011 12:25PM

Saying Goodbye to a Pet is Hard to do...

Dickens with my daughter, Julie, many years ago.
 Dickens and Julie



She is not the first cat I have cradled in my arms as we prepare for her death together. And she won't be the last. She is, however, one who gives me her total trust these last weeks of her life. She follows… Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2011 10:44AM

29 Things that hold me back.....

my studio...

  1. Goofing off when I should be working
  2. Procrastinating by reorganizing stuff
  3. Stalling with housework and errands
  4. Over dramatizing what has to be done
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AUGUST 2, 2011 2:19PM

Remembering Ruth

My friend, Ruth, who wanted as much purple in the photo as yellow so the colors would be compementary as well as complimentary. My photo.

  My friend Ruth was 50 when I was born. We didn’t meet until she was 72 and I was 22 but there was something in both of us that seemed to know a bit of magic when we saw it and we became fast friends right up to… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2011 3:20PM

Waiting on my Mammogram....

 dealing with diagnosis, illustration by mary richmond

Five years ago at this time I went for my regular mammogram appointment. As I filled out my paper work I had a twinge of unease. I heard my little voice say, “Maybe you should be prepared. This visit may be a little different.” I had had a number… Read full post »

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JUNE 2, 2011 9:40AM

My Tiny Hypocrisy is Really Classical

 BFA project, 1976 work and photo by Mary Richmond

Most of the time I try to live my life in a pretty forthright manner. I have a very strong code of ethics which has evolved throughout my life and is probably a little off center if measured against certain religious and cultural tenets but it works for me.… Read full post »

MAY 20, 2011 8:59AM

When Nature Calls Me....

 a walk in the woods, photo by Mary Richmond

I rustle around to find my jacket and sneakers. I may throw some binoculars, bug spray and a guide book in a bag with my sketchbook and camera, but mostly I am anxious to just go and I usually forget something. It doesn’t matter.

 Depending on… Read full post »

MAY 12, 2011 2:57PM

Addicted to Addiction Stories

 view from the pub, photo by Mary Richmond

So what’s up with all the attention around addicts and addiction today? Remember when someone had to sneak around to AA meetings and hope no one publicly outed them? No one wanted to admit they had a problem, never mind an addiction. Today it’s like, hey, you an addict?… Read full post »

MAY 10, 2011 6:10PM

Open Letter to Maria Shriver

 View from Kalmus Beach, Hyannis by Mary Richmond

Dear Maria,

 I saw in the paper this morning that you and Arnold are separating, at least for awhile. I nodded my head and took a sip of coffee when I read this because even though I don’t know either of you I felt like I understood. I thought… Read full post »

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MAY 6, 2011 1:43PM

The Joy and Hope that is Spring

 Red Maple blooms, photo by Mary Richmond

I can’t help it. I love spring more each year as I get older. Maybe it’s an age thing because it hasn’t always been true.

 When I was young I tossed spring off as much too obvious and easy to love. Give me winter any day, especially the… Read full post »

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MAY 1, 2011 4:26PM

Mother's Day When Mom is Gone

 Muna, Cathy, me. Mom

Mother’s Day is coming up and I don’t think anyone loved Mother’s Day quite as much as my mom. She became a single mom when we were quite young and for her, Mother’s Day was the day we, my sister and I, pulled out all the stops to give… Read full post »

APRIL 16, 2011 1:00PM

My Online Friend is Dying....

A friend of mine is dying. She went to the doctor a few months ago with a headache and they discovered she had a massive brain tumor. She has gone through all sorts of treatments but yesterday we got word from her daughter that the cancer has spread and this lovely… Read full post »

APRIL 13, 2011 1:55PM

Why not cheat?

Aftermath, thinking, drawing by Mary Richmond

You know you’ve thought about it. Maybe you’ve even done it. I’ve thought about it but the last time I really cheated on something was probably in junior high school and that nearly scarred me for life so I haven’t done it since. I don’t have the nerves for… Read full post »

Family treasures photo by Mary Richmond 

My family has a long genetic history of collecting, saving and storing things and it would appear that very few of us escaped the gene. We are not hoarders in the same sense of some of the folks you see on those voyeuristic TV shows that have brought serial… Read full post »

MARCH 31, 2011 1:50PM

Every Wrinkle Tells a Story...

Women's Faces, Collage by Mary Richmond 

Old Mrs. Richardson had the craggiest, bumpiest, most wrinkly face I had ever seen. Her eyes seemed tiny, surrounded by folds of skin that wrinkled even more when she laughed, and yet they shone so brightly they reminded me of stars. I was about 12 years old and she was in… Read full post »