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Sunday, August 7, 2016

In Honor of National Lighthouse Day (8-7)

Today, August the 7th, there is a holiday known as National Lighthouse Day. Although I've only been to three lighthouses in my lifetime (one near Sandy Hook, New Jersey; one in Manhattan; and one on Fire Island), I really love them! I hope that one day, I'll be able to add other lighthouses to my list of ones I've seen.

The pictures posted atop this entry are of The Little Red Lighthouse and The Fire Island Lighthouse (respectively). I've never been inside The Little Red Lighthouse, but I have been in the vicinity of it on a number of occasions, as it is often a destination and/or rest stop for my tandem cycling trips.

The Fire Island Lighthouse is located in Kismet on Fire Island. I've seen it in the distance when I've walked east along the Atlantic Ocean's shoreline on Robert Moses beach. Moreover, I've been inside The Fire Island Lighthouse and have walked up its stairs to the very top on a couple of occasions. The views from that vantage point are phenomenal. And the role of lighthouses is phenomenal too!

As Anne Lamott points out, “Lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” Her quote is a good adage to consider on this National Lighthouse Day, a holiday that shares another celebratory occasion: National Sisters Day.

A different author, Louisa May Alcott, had this to say about sisters: "Help one another is part of the religion of sisterhood." I am one of three sisters, and in bygone years, when one of them came to visit me, I wrote about Alcott's concept here on Blogger, which you may refer to by clicking here. Meanwhile, that's it for this post, dear reader. I do hope that you are able to enjoy either or both of the aforementioned holidays!

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