I have some friends who are now at the beach, renting a house on the marsh, actually. Just knowing they are there and what they are doing gives me a good sense of relaxed well-being. They had invited me to come along, but other obligations are involved here at home. Occupying them are some of the best things in life: watching the tide flood into the marsh grass, eating homemade chili on the screened porch, watching the tide go out, spending hours on the beach, sleeping, and watching storms. And that feels really nice.