LutraSea Mosaics

Artist Amanda Pace makes gorgeous mosaics.  You can follow Amanda on Instagram (@Lutra_Sea), or peruse her etsy shop (


When I was a young man, I got a job as a union laborer helping to build the casino/hotel complexes in Atlantic City. Back then, the trade unions were only just beginning to be integrated, but the Laborers Union was a black union. I was one of the few white boys in a black union. It was cool.

My first job was building Bally’s. I was on a crew of guys whose foreman was named Smoker.
Leonard “Smoker” Goins was his name. He was from the south, and had headed north, and had experienced a majority of the country’s bigotry. Smoker was known for shouting “That’s right!”. Smoker, we going for coffee? That’s right!
He called joints, left-handed cigarettes, or Christmas Cigarettes. He was kind-hearted and totally unforgettable.
Smoker was a country boy through and through and he could sing. He used to say, one of these days I’m going to bring my guitar in and show you youngbloods what it is all about.
He did. On a day that I had the bad timing to call out sick. It was a Fender Strat with a small amp, He sang the blues like you wouldn’t believe, my pal Johnno told me. I was told, as I cried, cried bitter tears at the bar days later.
It had been Smoker’s last day. I never saw him again. Never got to ask for an encore.

Coastal Scenes Feb 2015

Bubble Beach, Campfire Beach, Refrigerators, Reefer Reef,  Surfer’s, all the usual spots.

Indo Report

Our ace globetrotting reporter Danni sent these photos of her recent, years-long excursion to Indo. She says:

“The boats are on a seaweed farm (local people have their own little plots where they plant and harvest seaweed) and the wave pics are in Ceningan Island, the horse and buggy, (called a Cidomo in Bahasa) is from Lombok, as well as the lady in the market.”

The horse and buggy shot had me very excited, but, alas, she didn’t include it. What’s up wit dat Granny? Look for an update soon. Danni is now residing in the frozen wastelands of Chicago.

Poor frozen granny
She fancies southern climates
For now Chicago

Edit: Got my horse and buggy shot. Nothing beats a good horse and buggy shot.


Fishing At Long Bight

Ant caught a strange fish
Toothy thing and ugly too
Soon sent on his way


Available at Gregory Town Farmers Market

Kale, Mustard Greens, Tomatoes, Noni, Pumpkin, Melons, Cilantro, Basil, Mixed Salad Greens, Bananas, Papayas, Coconut, Pigeon Peas, Hot Sauces, Beets, and more.

Fresh, Seasonal, Organic. As Nature Intended.

Tonight Ant Man is cooking up some mustard greens in a little bacon.