The Intrinsic Value of a Book


“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time–proof that humans can work magic.”

—Carl Sagan



The Mystique of Lighthouses

Having lived in New England for most of my life, I’ve developed an affinity for lighthouses. Whether it’s the Portland Head Light in Maine, the Boston Harbor lighthouses, the five lighthouses on Martha’s Vineyard: (East Chop, West Chop, Gay Head, Edgartown, and Cape Poge), or the hundreds of others that dot the eastern seaboard . . . it matters not.

For, even at the tender age of 62 — though still young at heart — I find these timeless structures not only fascinating, but also fraught with stories that are limited only by one’s imagination. If lighthouses could talk, can you imagine what they might reveal?

What is it about a lighthouse that beckons us to it?

A rhetorical question, you say? Perhaps.  But, is it not possible that the attraction lies in not knowing?

I happened upon an interesting article about lighthouses and lighthouse keepers . . . check it out.

‘The Vineyard We Knew—A Recollection of Summers on Martha’s Vineyard’

Hello Everyone –

I sometimes think of how fortunate we are to have this forum as a means of communicating with one another. It’s inspiring to see the admiration that many of us have for the island of Martha’s Vineyard—it’s truly a special place.

I’ve been visiting the Vineyard almost every summer for over fifty years, and, as a result, I have a lifetime of memories from my experiences there—some of which I’ve documented in my new book:

‘The Vineyard We Knew—A Recollection of Summers on Martha’s Vineyard’

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

It’s an engaging story about the time I had spent on the Vineyard as a young boy during the 1960s.

Pre-publication copies of the book will be available beginning May 6, 2014 at: http://www.priapublishing.com.

The Official Publication Date for the book is July 19, 2014.  We’ll be kicking off a campaign to launch the book soon, and we’d love to have you join us!

For more information about this exciting event, please visit:




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Thanks to you all!

Best regards,