"the first step over the dune...holding a baby in the waves...that salty smell...going out to the sandbar....the crush of waves in the night...blue beach glass...sand even in your pockets... a sky full of geese"

— from the book

Reasons to be Happy
At the Beach

By Sandy Gingras

4.5" x 4.5"
86 pp.,
$12.95 hardcover with dustjacket
ISBN 0-945582-98-6


There are many reasons to be happy at the beach. This little book delights in the counting of some favorites. Combined with the author's charming watercolors, this book shows us how present happiness really is — all we have to do is look.

Sandy Gingras is a writer, poet, and artist with her own design company who has turned her love of prose and her love of the seashore into her life’s work. Ms. Gingras is a longtime resident of Long Beach Island, on the New Jersey coast, where she is actively involved in efforts to preserve open space and wetlands. She lives there with her son, three cats and a fat yellow Labrador retriever. She has a Masters in English from Duke University, and has been involved in poetry and writing workshops. She has traveled extensively along East Coast beaches and islands and lived for a year in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

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