An Ocean Respite


Downtime, breathing space,

a change of pace – this was

reason enough for the short

trip to the ocean at Southampton.


Benches awaited us in the

sand. We sat, watched and

waited for each wave to

roll in from the distance.

Then up, up and over with

a crash along the beach.

Sounds of gulls in the sky,

boats, fisherman. Cares


floated away and into

the ocean. Again and again.

Then still our souls. Breathing

steady again. A sandpiper


walked past. The ocean accepted

our prayers, swept them away

leaving smooth pebbles with

each new wave. Savoring


the sights, sounds and

colors, we have replaced

cross words with smiles.

This respite has renewed us.






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20 Responses to An Ocean Respite

  1. Lovely photos! They made me homesick. We occasionally went to Southampton, although we more often drove out on the north fork. I could almost hear the calls of the gulls.

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  2. Lovely photos and an inspiring post, Mary Ann. 🙂 I’m off to the Atlantic coast for a day of respite next week! xo

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  3. P.S. Your book, “A Past Worth Telling” arrived in my mailbox today and I’m looking forward to a great read! ❤

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  4. Sigh. I feel respited.

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  5. Arno Bode,cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    mit Deinen beeindruckenden Veröffenlichungen triffs Du genau die Emotionen die Fernweh und den Wunsch nach auftanken von Seele und Geist ansprechen.Ein Kurzurlaub ,oder ein verlängertes Wochenende am dem man sich in andere Regionen begibt haben mir in der Vergangenheit immer wieder Kraft zur Bewältigung des Alltagsstresses gegeben.Heute nutze ich jede mögliche Gelegenheit mit lieben Freunden das Leben zu genießen und alle erdenklichen Gebiete im kleinen Europa zu erkunden.Hier sind ja Entfernungen leichter zu bewältigen als im
    großen Amerika.Deinen Bericht hast Du mit sehr stimmungsvollen Fotos untermalt.Du verstehst es wirklich die Seele deiner Leser mit allen Emotionen anzusprechen..
    Alles Liebe und Gute für Dich und Deine Familie,
    Dein Arno


  6. Stunning photography! Perfect words alongside…

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  7. Lovely photos it’s pleasing to see

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