Light Dark

Nature as no streetlights. No green, red, strobe, flashing, blinking or warning.  Nature's sky however shines sunlight, skylight, starlight and moonlight. And in so doing shadows and shades our eyes and minds while sometimes distorting our perspective. Many earthlings observe a sunset or sunrise yet few truly comprehend the meaning. They can see beauty, but often miss the message. 

Let's All Be Frank

Look, I'm going to be Frank with you.  As I grew up, I discovered the joy of my Uncle Frank. One of my mother's younger brothers, Frank was the jovial and spirited member of the Bartlett clan who lit up any room with his high energy, enthusiasm and sense of fun. His humor, his laugh and big personality were infectious; often they drew friends and family to him. As a brother, he almost always elicited a smile and a chuckle from my mother I rarely saw. As an uncle, he always took interest in our lives. As a realtor, his personality and energy often sealed enough real estate deals to enjoy the fruits of his labors without letting them rule him. He worked to live.

Jumping to Conclusions

Some don't just "throw caution to the wind" and jump without good reason, right?   Interesting how some abandon ship before the ship sinks. Maybe these images might reveal how some stay fearlessly or foolishly.

Taking a leap republishing this post on Feb 29 2016 - Leap Year.

Pipe Dreams

As I live on a boat, I am reminded daily that what I see and experience isn't always what is. Light and dark frequently distort distance. Waves and wind have been known to distort our boat speed and sense of safety. Tidal and sea currents constantly impact course calculations, making passages either quicker or longer than anticipated. Charts and GPS sometimes don't coincide with the dead ahead reality and reckoning. Water color sometimes distorts depth and danger. Even recent attitudes and aggravations can affect better judgement and question experience.

Glimpsing Paradise

Well, it's not far down to paradise, at least it's not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see
Believe me

Righting Ourselves

When one is all alone, who do we turn to for help?  Got a mirror; "Who do you see, dude!" When we are the only one who needs to right our vessel, it's quite simple. We right our wrongs as best we can or we live with the consequences. So we simply need to help ourselves.

A Day to Treasure

In 2015 during Mystique's sail through the Exumas, we encountered a special day - one in which not only had ideal weather, but one so full of pleasure I felt compelled to write two blog posts to dedicate to it.  During our exploration of Cambridge Cay's Coral Garden, we enjoyed one of many gems in the Exuma Land and Sea Park's treasure trove.  It would turn out to be some of our favorite hours enjoying the Exumas. 

A Weak End

"It's Friday night, People!  Listen Up, People".  Blaring, reverberating, rattling, echoing Macarena, Latino and Rap beats the harbor's tranquility into an auditory pulp.  Like a slow moving squall cloud that drenches and soaks an island with its rain shower, all the dry and quiet disappears with this vessel's arrival. Like some bullying bullhorn announcing its private parade, everyone within shouting distance is aware it is "in the house, bro."