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Rachel Carson sunset
Written by Brian Tarcy

WOODS HOLE – She has an amazing view but as a companion, Rachel Carson is rather quiet.

For the past three years, Rachel Carson (well, a statue of her) has been seated on a bench near the Woods Hole sundial staring out at sea.

The statue is a wonderful reminder that the renowned environmentalist and author of the book, “Silent Spring,” spent time learning in Woods Hole.

On Sunday, we spent more than a hour sitting on the bench next to her trying to see what she sees. After a while we forgot we were next to a statue and when we glanced over, it really did seem for an instant like someone was sitting there taking notes.

We watched the sunset together. A couple of times, Cape Cod Wave stood and walked a few feet to the water to get a better view. We assume that’s what she does when no one is looking.


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About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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Brian is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan with a long-running NFL predictions/political satire column connecting weekly world events to the fate of his favorite team, now at

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