Friday, June 04, 2010

The Scent of June, and an Update

Multiflora Roses are an invasive plant that has the tendency to take over whole tracts of land. There are literally banks of them in the swamp to the south and west of Ballard Park, and although Frank Amaral has done a good job eliminating a lot of the plants in the park itself, there are still bushes of them here and there. And June is peak season for them. They may be obnoxious weeds, but what they do for the smell of the air in the park this time of the year is absolutely heavenly!

And there is an update to my situation. My family has intervened, and I'll be able to stay here for the summer. The trade-off is that if I can't get a job by the end of the summer I'll be moving down to southern Maryland. I am bound and determined to find a job up here, and the second chance to give it that try won't be wasted.

Meanwhile. you still have me with you and you'll get more sailboats in Newport Harbor, Narragansett Bay, and the ocean, and more flowers in Ballard Park, and more shore birds in Gooseneck Cove, and I'll still be able to talk with you all and see what you're up to. And I'm still in Newport, my spiritual home! My brother and sister deserve a round of applause (I've already given them my personal fervent thanks).

© 2010 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. Gorgeous flower pic & some good news! Hang in there.

  2. They do indeed, Roy.
    Good news

  3. Kudos to your siblings. May karma smile on them and on you.

  4. Great news. Great siblings.
    Something has to be done to keep you there until at least next June when I visit!

  5. Very good news Roy. I'm not sure my siblings would be so forgiving you're fortunate indeed. Do anything, whatever comes along. It would be a shame not to remain in a place you adore so much.

  6. I am SO glad you have a reprieve........I have been feeling so bad for you and for us, your pals..... You gotta find a job.

    Lovely photo!

  7. What news greets me as I return after being out of the blog world! I look so forward to your pictures, Roy. I even stopped by our local cemetery last week and took a few pictures, and thought of you! Peace,

  8. Hi Roy,

    You are truly blessed with some wonderful siblings and family. I will continue to pray and may God's angels watch over you and yours during this time. May they help you in your fervent search for a job and would you please post the link to your where your pictures can be bought and I will be more then willing to add it to my site if you are okay with my doing that. I know that it is not much, but it is at the very least something that I can do for you.

    May the blessings of the working angels be upon you, and help you with your every need.

    And please send your family a "Thank You" from me too.

    God bless.

  9. Whoops, I forgot that I have been to this link before, but would still like to post on my website if that is okay. You never know what will happen if enough of us post it.


  10. Great siblings ya got there, Roy :) When I think of all the times I've helped my own brother out...and never a thanks!

    There's gotta be something in/around the area! Hang in there ;)

  11. Welcome Back Roy ! [dispite the fact that you never went away........!]

  12. Jesus, Roy! It's difficult, to say the least, around here, too. college publishing has changed so much, with take-overs and buyouts that it is not the same thing it was even 10 years ago. I feel your pain. D has really been scrambling, and our savings are unto almost nil. It's a scary world.

    good luck; a friend of ours was the director of education at the boston museum of science, when his job was cut (when he was in his late 50s); he leads tours around Boston, among other things, now. Just a suggestion.

  13. yeah for your brother and sister stepping up and stepping in when the chips are down. what a testimony to your family, you are very blessed.

    sending positive finding a job vibes your way!!

  14. wow that is wonderful! You are a lucky man live where you live and to have such great family! I am crossing me fingers and me toes that you find work!How about a tour guide? You sure do make me want to come for a visit!