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Aboard the Arabella: Setting Sail, August 15 (Part 2)

August 24, 2016

By: Sallie Bingham

Sailing out of Newport on the first morning of our trip, the ship began to roll. The motion reminded me of cantering on horseback or riding the earlier rapid on the Colorado through the Grand Canyon; physical instability has its curious rewards. Through the lounge window, the horizon rose and fell; on the steepest downward dip, there was no horizon, only a blink of the blue sea. On the most extreme upward roll, only the sky was, briefly, available. This was not due to stormy weather but the effect of long regular swells on the hull of the ship.

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Aboard the Arabella: Newport Harbor, August 15 (Part 1)

August 23, 2016

By Sallie Bingham

She won’t sail, she can’t sail, this great queenly 120 feet long, three-masted white ship; her sails are furled, covered with their canvas slings and tied down tight, and the hydraulics that would grind them aloft are silent. One of these tall aluminum masts broke in a 15-knot wind some weeks ago with a terrible crack, a sundering, and a crash. Now the coastguard has ordered that the sails cannot be raised until all the masts are stripped of their paint and minutely inspected for more cracks.

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Nate Parker; Donald Trump Campaign; Burkini Controversy

August 19, 2016

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss Birth of A Nation’s director and star Nate Parker’s 1999 rape case, Donald Trump’s new campaign team and advisors and France’s ban on burkinis.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is Author and Activist Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, Republican Strategist Jennifer Higgins, Washington Examiner Columnist Ashe Schow, and Democratic Strategist Atima Omara.

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Every Three Seconds

August 16, 2016

By Sallie Bingham

Every three seconds during the five night I’ve spent in North Truro, the Highland Light strokes its beams across my bed. In Virginia Woolf’s magnificent, To The Lighthouse, a lighthouse on the coast of Cornwall strokes the family’s beds. When, after a series of deaths, they no longer come and the house begins to deteriorate, the lighthouse still strokes their empty beds.

As Woolf’s novel has become for me the measure of what a great novel should be, empathetic, courageous, unexpected, the Truro lighthouse’s beams have become the symbol of fidelity in women’s friendships.

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Endangered

August 14, 2016

By Sallie Bingham

It’s certainly a mistake to read a newspaper while at the beach; sea breezes whirl the pages away, creating a nuisance, and—even worse—my mind is whirled away from the beautiful long empty stretches of sand and water here at Truro’s Ballston Beach. A fifty dollar parking sticker is required to park at this beach for one week, but the money goes to the town of Truro, and the privilege of being on a nearly empty North Atlantic beach is worth the price.

But, being a newspaper hound from way back and still not firmly committed to the digital version, I couldn’t resist picking up last Sunday’s New York Times’ Book Review, one of the few review sections left, to see what my fellow writers are doing.

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About the Host - Bonnie Erbé

To The Contrary Host: Bonnie Erbé

Bonnie Erbé is a nonpartisan, award-winning American journalist and television host based in the Washington, D.C. area who has ...

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