Category Archives: Sober Article

Miss Mare’s Etiquette for Drinkers

     I consider myself to be a polite person.  I was raised in the Midwest where simple, good manners were expected.  I was married to an Englishman.  I say “please” and “thank you” regularly.  I’ve even added the southern-born “sir” and “ma’am” suffixes to my salutations – something that works extremely well on Jacksonville cab drivers […]

I’m so bored with…

   …thinking about and talking about and writing about drinking.  Or not drinking.  Let’s talk about art.        Lauren and I went to Jim Draper’s Opening at KORK yesterday.   Mark George was there, and Jeff Whipple and as we were talking, one of them turned to Lauren and said, “I think we were bad influences on […]


     In the photos below, I am waiting happily for a ticket agent who will never come, and preparing to cross a body of water famous for its fast current on a boat called The Rowdy Woman…      I have to be honest.  I’m not very patient.  I’m the kind of person who puts Jon […]

Familiarity breeds, well, familiarity…

     There is something familiar and nostalgic at dark-fall on every island I’ve ever been on in the Bahamas.  Everybody gets busy: walking back and forth; draping themselves languidly over roadside bar-tops; flirting with benign good nature; riding around in golf carts; talking trash.  There’s always the guy whispering into ears and disappearing. There’s at least one jaundiced old […]