A skeleton with a cleaved skull and a curved spine entombed under a parking lot is that of Richard III, scientific tests confirmed.
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A Cape Cod Notebook: The Mystery of Richard III
Sometimes the past returns, and surprises us with what it tells us about the present. The recent discovery of Richard III's bones under a parking garage in England sparks Robert Finch's newest essay for A Cape Cod Notebook.
A Barrier Beach Regained, A Cape Cod Notebook, by Robert Finch
Coast Guard Beach came through the recent blizzard largely intact - a surprise to some. In A Cape Cod Notebook, Robert Finch remembers the devastation imparted on the beach and its surroundings by the storm of 1978. He attributes the beach's survival amid the brutal Blizzard of '13 to nature having been allowed to run its course in this location.
My Mother's Catalogs, A Cape Cod Notebook, by Robert Finch
My mother passed away in the fall of 2005, at the age of 92. She lives on, however, not only in the memory of those of us who knew and loved her, but apparently also in the U.S. Postal Service. For several years after her death, I, as her executor, continued to receive letters from friends who had not heard of her demise, pleas for donations to various charities, and offers for Florida resorts and dance classes, both of which she took advantage of up to the year of her death.
More persistently than any of these, however, is the continued appearance of retail catalogs addressed to her in my mailbox. These are not just any catalogs, but are targeted at a specific demographic: women of my mother’s generation who identified themselves primarily as “homemakers.”
The coast assumes a different character in winter. In A Cape Cod Notebook, Robert Finch sets out on a solitary walk in the Provincelands, visiting the dune shacks that stand against the wind in a desolate landscape.