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Bittersweet in Marstons Mills

Every Fall, this magnificent great blue heron nestles onto the same branch amongst the bittersweet and fall foliage at the mill pond at the corner of Rt 28 and 149 in Marstons Mills.

The heron seems to be paying respect to the former owner of the property behind the pond, Kevin Galvin.  

Kevin was bitten by a bat in his home and died of rabies encephalitis January, 2009. 

The last recorded human case of rabies contracted in the state was in 1935.

Pilgrim's Radioactive Waste...From Here to Eternity

In response to the news that Entergy will soon be moving spent fuel into dry casks...

Maura Healey (hopefully the Commonwealth's next Attorney General) comes to Cape Cod


Maura Healey, candidate for the Democratic primary for Attorney General, spoke at a meet & greet at the Moonakis Cafe in Waquoit

The restaurant was full to the brim with enthusiastic supporters. Maura was recently editorially endorsed by the New Bedford Standard Times

A former point guard and captain of the Harvard women's basketball team, Maura was previously endorsed by Celtic great Bob Cousy.


The two faces of the Migrant Children protests

It was hot and heavy at the Bourne Rotary this morning.

The "antis" can't even spell immigration

By the American Lobster Mart, 2 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne a group of high-spirited Don Berwick supporters were receiving numerous "honks" and waves from passing motorists. There seems to be a progressive grass-roots momentum in the Commonwealth this season of politics.

Diagonally across the rotary were two different groups:

In front of IHOP there were a group of young students from New Bedford --- part of a group called "Student Immigrant Movement".
They were young and smart and extremely polite.

Across the road wee those who seemed to represent the "People who do not like people who do not look like us" group.

Adult Ignorant Movement.
Here are a few other photos. See if you can determine which side of the road they were on:

Do Unto Others...

100 gather to support migrant children

In response to yesterday's Bourne Gathering of Vitriol, approximately 100 people rooted in love and compassion gathered on the Falmouth Green to demonstrate their support of bringing the very needy Central American children (who have come to America escaping desperate environments) to Cape Cod for sheltering and showering them with loving kindness.

Somehow, I feel, we have God on our side.

Pictured on the right are:

Head Rally Organizer, Joyce Johnson of Falmouth

Falmouth's Peter Waasdorp- one of the organizers of the event.

Falmouth's Jim & Alice Liljestrand

Reverend Nell Fields of the Waquoit Congregational Church and Rabbi Elias Lieberman of the Falmouth Jewish Congregation

The Gathering.

9-year-old Lainie rings in the 4th at the Cotuit 4th of July parade [Rifkin's Reflections]

The Cotuit 4th of July parade opens with "God Bless America"


Video by Paul Rifkin

To the delight of thousands gathered in the Cape Cod village of Cotuit Wednesday, Lainie Cederholm kicked off the 2012 Cotuit Fourth of July Parade by singing "God Bless America." 

Lainie is my 9-year-old granddaughter.

Getting ready for Winter - Geese Can't Read

“O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?”Intrepid photographer Paul Rifkin captures the essence of winter's start

That quote by Percy Bysshe Shelley is an optimistic look ahead. Old Farmer's Almanac counters it with, "The sun that dark December day, shone dimly, down through skies of grey." The top photo is dawn today at Cotuit Harbor, and it lives up to the last description.

The complete poem by Shelley, "Ode to the west wind," ends with these lines, "The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?". The complete poem is here.

This is the  time of year Mashpee's Steve Murray pulls moorings in Cotuit Harbor. It is also when the Cotuit Canada Geese ignore instructions and prove that Geese can't read. - Photos by Paul Rifkin