A nature writer living in Wellfleet, Robert Finch has written about Cape Cod for more than forty years. He is the author of nine books of essays. A Cape Cod Notebook airs weekly on WCAI, the NPR station for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and the South Coast. In both 2006 and 2013, the series won the New England Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Radio Writing.
Natural Beauty and Darwinian Doubts
On a late afternoon earlier this month I walked out to one of the rip-rapped bluffs overlooking Wellfleet Harbor. I like this spot because it provides a particularly satisfying perspective.
A Word Is a Terrible Thing to Lose
I think I am starting to forget words; well, perhaps not so much forget as to have trouble retrieving them. I might be more worried about this but for the fact that my mother, her mind still otherwise functioning perfectly at the age of 92, always forgot or misremembered words throughout her life.
The year is ending and it is a time for solemn contemplation. But what is a year? Our calendar years are artificial, human constructs. So, too, are our weeks and months—arbitrary divisions of time that were devised over the course of human history for various organizational purposes-notches in the hieroglyphics of ancient civilizations and up to the present.
Light It Up
Years ago, my husband, David, and his friend, Jack Braginton-Smith, then owner of Jack’s Outback in Yarmouthport, tackled what they considered a holiday heresy: displays of white Christmas lights along Route 6A.
Eye of the Storm
There is something about waking up in the rain, the sky ripped open, asphalt shingles doing their best impression of a tin roof. The wind has been howling such that I now only notice the moments when it isn’t blowing, when the only sound is the hum of my refrigerator.
Sometimes You Figure Things Out
It’s this time of the year that people begin to get mice in their houses, and we have been no exception. I might not have done something about it immediately (after all, mice have the right to be warm, too, don’t they?), but this mouse (or mice) was in the wall directly over our bed. It was obviously making a nest there, and its rhythmic gnawing kept me awake for several nights before I took action.
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This speaks to my heart
I adore this podcast. And I adore Cape Cod. I don’t use the word “adore” lightly. There is something wild and so very natural about the Cape and these short essays about this wonderful place make me yearn to be there full time. I hope these stories continue. Thank you for this podcast that speaks to my heart.
Keeps me in a Cape Cod frame of mind
I so hate leaving the cape each year, and gaze mournfully over my shoulder as we pull away. This podcast keeps me sustained with stories about the wildlife, seashores, happenings and history of the cape. The authors/speakers are wonderful. Thank you.
Now with Nantucket
i'm glad the Notebook comes in a podcast now, because i usually miss the airing. But, more than that, i really love the focus on Nantucket now. Mary hits the island sweets spots impeccably.