Welcome to the blog of: http://leebythesea.me
My name is Lee and I live in Long Beach, NY. I’m a former Marine and retired NYC Transit Police Detective.
A blog is supposed to be a “narrowcast”, that means a focus on a niche that viewers might want to explore. And I do so to a point…on the beach.
When I’m on a beach it’s like I’m at the entrance to eternity. It’s ethereal, it’s magic, I’m struck by it with every experience. Some of you may have this sense and realized it early. I didn’t. I’m just glad I didn’t leave life without it.
Yes, this sense wasn’t always so powerful, maybe it just developed as I grew older, or maybe it was always there but I wasn’t ready for it. I don’t make the experience happen, I just let it unfold. I allow what I see before me connect with a place deep inside me, a place I once did not know of, nor did I look for. I think it’s a primitive place that is in all of us. And I think that when I relate an experience to some people it touches the same place in them, the place that connects us all. And this planet becomes just a tiny bit better with each connection. I think that’s the tide of life.
I think life is about moments and each moment is like a wave in this sea of life. To fully realize each, from swell, to breaker, to foam, is to live. And I write about the waves in this blog.
Like you, I’ve had good times and bad. But now I let the bad fade into history’s haze where it belongs and just focus on the good…right here in front of me.
It is never dull at the shore. It might seem dull if I let all the the fog of yesterday and tomorrow work to prevent the moment’s magic. The sand, surf and sky would only be a canvas for mind-stuff to dump upon. When I don’t let that happen, even a quiet “uneventful” day, surrounded by “just” gliding gulls, scudding clouds or crashing surf, a salty poem arises before me…and I just inhale it.
But often there is much more going on. Sometimes I come upon the drama of life and death in the ongoing struggle for survival. The spring-birth of an Oystercatcher, the mid-summer death of a Sea Hawk’s prey or the October breaching of a whale and her calf. Much of it can be metaphor for many of us.
I share these moments with you with words and photos to let you feel what I feel, but my efforts cannot actually have you there; you of course, have your own moments to surrender to…and see your own unfolding of the sublime.
But I can’t limit my views to the shore alone. My “niche” is too wide, my “cast” too broad for the classic blog. Life-moments aren’t seashore-narrow to me. So I bring other moments too, some recent and some from the past. Much of it very good, some of it very sad, but all of it part of life that might resonate with some of you.
So in my blog you might read about beaches, boats, surfers and sand sculpture, but you’ll also see and hear about NYC streets, crime in the subways and Manhattan skyline sunsets. You’ll see posts about pets and police and Polar Bear plunges. You’ll see people skimming the surf on boards or strolling the sands hand in hand.
You’ll see funerals of Police Officers who paid with their lives to keep our families safe. You’ll see the veneration of veterans, the survivors, the grateful, the wounded and the dead. All who served so that we may write and read in free venues such as this blog.
I hope you enjoy your visit with me. If a post resonates with you consider leaving a comment, I’ll try to respond promptly. Sometimes there’s a tech-failure delay.
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