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On the San Francisco Bay: 620 nm
On the North Atlantic Ocean in North America: 4016 nm

Grand total for 2013: 4636 nm

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*denotes multiple visits.

Alexandria, VA*
Washington, DC*
Annapolis, MD*
Tortola, BVIs*
Jost van Dyk, BVIs
Cane Garden Bay, BVIs*
Charleston, SC*
St. Thomas, USVI*
Santa Cruz, CA*
Guerneville, CA
Glen Ellen, CA
Green Springs, OR
Cottage Grove, OR
Port Orford, OR
Charleston, SC*
Charleston, SC*
Ft. Meade, MD*
Alexandria, VA*
Jessup, MD
Annapolis, MD*
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Norfolk, VA
St. Thomas, USVI*
Tortola, BVIs*
Norman Island, BVIs
Cooper Island, BVIs
Trellis Bay, BVIs
Cane Garden Bay, BVIs*

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On the San Francisco Bay: 432 nm
On the English Channel: 247 nm
In the Bay of Biscay: 746 nm
On the North Atlantic Ocean in Europe: 220 nm
On the Chesapeake Bay: 143 nm
On the North Atlantic Ocean in North America: 2740 nm

Grand total for 2012: 4528 nm

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*denotes multiple visits.

Chicago, IL
Alexandria, VA*
Santa Monica, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Chincoteague Island, VA
Carmel, CA
Oberhaslach, France
Rennes, France
Vannes, France
Nantes, France
Quimper, France
Douarnenez, France
Pointe du Raz, France
Lorient, France
La Baie de Trespasses, France
Saint-Malo, France
Saint-Guirec de la Plage, France
Roscoff, France
The English Channel*
Plymouth, UK
Falmouth, UK
The Bay of Biscay
Cape Finisterre, Spain
Vigo, Spain*
Enseada de Barra, Spain
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Sanxenxo, Spain
Beue, Spain
Pontevedra, Spain
Illa de Arousa, Spain
Islas de Cies, Spain
Baiona, Spain
Porto, Portugal
Valle Mendiz, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal
Regaleira, Portugal
Convento de Capuchinos, Portugal
Cabo de Boca, Portugal
Boca de Inferno, Portugal
Cascais, Portugal
Annapolis, MD
North Atlantic Ocean*
Caribbean Sea*
St. Thomas, USVI
Washington, DC*

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*denotes multiple visits.

Paris, France*
Jordan, Amman*
Petra, Amman
Beirut, Lebanon
Taanayel, Lebanon
Park City, Utah
Monymusk, Scotland
Inverurie, Scotland
Strangford, N. Ireland
Belfast, N. Ireland
Alexandria, Virginia*
Honaunau, Hawaii
Princeville, Kauai
Honolulu, Oahu
New York City, New York*
Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Pelham, New York
St. George, Bermuda
Hamilton, Bermuda
Point Richmond, California
Portland, Oregon

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1. Learn how to crochet
2. Take a year off to go sailing
3. Make a stellar osso bucco
4. Build an ofuro in my bathroom
5. Speak Japanese well
6. Knit a sweater for my husband
7. Attend a birth
8. Invent something
9. Learn some kick ass dance moves
10. Go shooting more often
11. Write a novella
12. Make a beautiful home office
13. Own a piano again
14. Own a bike again
15. Drive all over France
16. Have a best friend
17. Refinish the coffeetable
18. Go scuba diving

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by Victoria Abbott Riccardi

Across from a new green-and-red Fuji film store sat a small restaurant in a decrepit old building offering dusty plastic models of tempura-topped rice bowls and fat rice-stuffed omelets belted with ketchup. The eatery appeared more distressing than appealing, at least on the surface.

The Japanese believe that beauty can reside in things that are rustic, withered, faded, simple, imperfect or incomplete. This aesthetic concept applies to people, as well as things, and stems from the words wabi and sabi. The spirit of wabi tends to be inward and subjective and often refers to a path or way of life, while sabi generally pertains to material objects, art literature, and external events. A monk living in self-imposed isolation in the woods, for example, embodies wabi because he coexists with nature in a state that is physically impoverished but rich in spirit. The restaurant with its dusty models had a sabi quality because, by being housed in a crumbling wooden building next to a modern business, it evoked the corroded elegance of another era, like an antique kimono in a closet of designer wear.

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Via Josey Packard at The Alembic

Ingredients:

10 raspberries
1/2 lemon, juiced
.5 oz simple syrup
2 oz gin
champagne

Muddle 10 raspberries in a Boston shaker, followed by the juice of half a lemon. Add .5 oz of simple syrup (or none if you tend towards tart), then 2 oz of your favorite gin. Shake with ice, pour into a glass and top with champagne.

Hack: use a highball if you plan to have many, use a champagne flute if you’re on the salty side.

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On the way back from brunch, this very modern couple decided to check out the antique shop up the hill from Cole and Parnassus. We were lured in by the idea of buying furniture — something we desperately need. Sadly, this shop is more along the lines of a bauble dealer to grannies and hipsters. The boy was owed a treat, so we browsed through vintage shaving kits (too S&M for his taste), leather-cased binoculars (more his father’s speed) and cookware that proved too scattered and dingy for our needs.

As I was about to abort the mission my eye caught a beautiful collection of vintage buttons, sewn to a card and stashed in the back of a locked display case. I couldn’t leave without them.

Sewing class, my quest to make a decent handbag, various projects and queer soft pets. I’ve got a million uses for these things.

It prompted some exploration, so here are some great options for starting your own button stash:

Button tin offerings in summer pinks and greens, blues and rose, retro reds, live greens, citrus, fancy b&w deco and caramel browns.

If card collections are more your thing, check out these bakelite cards.

Touching, an Etsy found this much-loved card collection of cloth buttons via an old woman who had been collecting for many years.

Consider these bright standouts if you only need a few.

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When my dog sleeps with her mouth open

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