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Tybee Island, Georgia

June 2011

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Tybee Island Native

Shallow shadows disappear behind ATV ridges as the empty can beneath your chair duels the offended fiddler crab. Lazy arms droop and startle: the fishermen, the sunners, the guard. Memories collide with your neighbors’ children, racing each other down the shoreline, letting the nylon beach ball get away. The air wafts long and gusty like an inner tube pump. Overhead soar satellite umbrellas’ bobbing skirts. In the distance the tanker sentries back and forth, changing his uniform so no one knows your mother sent him. Ten times just ten more minutes—how much time is left on the meter? Pass me by southern wind and let me linger. Soon everything is fluttering like ladies’ fingers. Daffodil eyes crash into the waters of distant islands. Your elbow finds the sand

and everything sinks

down as the sun remembers

to chase pink Shanghai.

–original poem

{Our friends’ beautiful beach-house where we stayed}

{Our beach-side deck: perfect for late-afternoon sun-naps}

{There are worse places to grow up… ❤ }

{So many adorable, brightly-painted island bungalows}

{More gorgeous Caribbean-inspired colors}

{Lots of interesting found-object yard sculptures–I like this use of colored glass bottles}

{The back river–an ideal place for kayak launches}

{One of my favorite little beach cottages}

{Favorite thing: bicycling on the beach with Dad xxx}

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Savannah, Georgia

June 2011

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“…She leaned upon her balcony, in the darkness,
Folding her hands beneath her chin;
And watched the lamps begin
Here and there to pierce like eyes the darkness,–
From windows, luminous rooms,
And from the damp dark street
Between the moving branches, and the leaves with rain still sweet.
It was strange: the leaves thus seen,
With the lamplight’s cold bright glare thrown up among them,–
The restless maple leaves,
Twinkling their myriad shadows beneath the eaves,–
Were lovelier, almost, than with sunlight on them,
So bright they were with young translucent green;
Were lovelier, almost, than with moonlight on them. . . .
And looking so wistfully across the city,
With such a young, and wise, and infinite pity
For the girl who had no lover
To walk with her along a street like this,
With slow steps in the rain, both aching for a kiss,–
It seemed as if all evenings were the same,
As if all evenings came
With just such tragic peacefulness as this;
With just such hint of loneliness or pain,
The quiet after rain….”

–from Conrad Aiken’s “Evensong”

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Even though I grew up in Savannah, I feel like every time I come back here, I discover something new about this amazing place.

Stay tuned for more!

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This afternoon my sister, her boyfriend, and I ate at Zunzi’s, a South African-inspired, carry-out restaurant. The inside of the restaurant is narrow, wood-paneled, covered in photographs, posters, and signs. It’s hot, crowded, busy, and smells like the grill pit of an African campsite. And the food? Your choice of a variety of sandwiches, wraps, and burgers stuffed full of seasoned, rich, and tender meats including beef, sausage, chicken, and fish (menu available online). The restaurant is owned by couple Johnny and Gabby DeBeer, and inspired by their own mixed cultural heritage: South African, Swiss, Italian, and Dutch.

I ordered a Godfather Wrap, which comes with chicken and sausage: your choice of homemade—very spicy and flavorful—or smoked. I ordered the homemade sausage. The woman working asked if I’d had it before, and when I said no she had me try some first to see if it was what I “really wanted” because it’s very spicy and flavorful. It was absolutely delicious! The wrap comes with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and one or both of two kinds of sauces. One is white and one is orange—a thousand island kind of orange—and they are both creamy, zesty goodness. (I had both on mine.) The wrap itself is enormous. I had to eat it with a knife and a fork. I finished about half of it and took the rest home. The seating is outside to the left of the building when you stand looking at the front entrance. It’s definitely hot, inside and outside, and usually crowded (wait-time averages 5-10 minutes), but if you’re a fan of good South African spicy meats and sauces, you CANNOT miss this place! And to drink, order the African Sweet Tea. It’s light, refreshing, not too sweet, and the refills are free. Smaaklik!

108 E York Street, Savannah, GA 31401

[On the corner of Drayton and York Streets, near the Church of the Ascension]

Monday-Saturday, 11am – 6pm (closes an hour earlier on SCAD’s off-season)

http://www.zunzis.com/

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