'Enhancing our essential selves'

  On the Cape Cod National Seashore.

On the Cape Cod National Seashore.

"The New England spirit does not seek solutions in a crowd; raw light and solitariness are less dreaded than welcomed as enhancers of our essential selves.''

-- John Updike, in Hugging the Shore.

Updike was an immigrant from Pennsylvania. He went to Harvard, worked briefly in New York City and then moved to the Massachusetts North Shore for the rest of his life.