Sea Free

Today is July 4th.  A day to celebrate freedom..an Independence Day celebration in America. Yet freedoms, as they always seem to be, are under attack in the US in 2018. Are we only a democratic society which espouses freedoms, then at the same time also denies’ them? Are we content living in a land full of no’s, can't, and don'ts.  There are plenty of do’s and dues and don’t’s. against.   How can societies rid themselves of no’s, not’s and nevers? What if the world only posted signs with Yeses? What if all human signs disappeared?

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. 

Landing in Humanity

When I sailed away from Florida a week ago, I doubt any officials noticed or monitored my departure. No border guards, security forces or TSA agents appeared at Mystique's broadsides. Of course, why would they? I had not committed any infractions or crimes that I was aware of. But in our present world that doesn't usually stop authorities from appearing. Suspicions run high these days and often seem good enough justification to question one's destination and intentions. But then again I was but one person leaving on a small sailboat from a remote location. Barely a blimp on any radar screen.

Barbaric Yawps

Last night I turned in around 9:30, but I could not sleep. It wasn't the band music from a nearby wedding or the humid gusty breeze that blew in my overhead hatch that kept me awake.  It could not have been the toasted chicken salad sandwich I made for dinner. Maybe it was the Drambue I sipped at supper. Though it shocked me out of my bunk, it wasn't the wedding fireworks that exploded four boat lengths away from my Mystique around midnight.

 

Artful Dodgers

A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. This mystical creature appears in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. And as you will read and view in this blog post, many people believe in them. Some have observed them. Some have become them.

Self Control Freaks

If you have ever sailed a small dinghy in light air, you may have been tempted to let go of the tiller. Yes, release your hold on the steering mechanism in your hand. If you happened to let go so, you probably discovered some delightful things not only about your steering your boat but also yourself.

    Hold On? Let Go?

    On a hot, humid, sunny mid-summer afternoon as a teenager, I was crewing on a friend's boat during a sailboat race. As our 34' sloop drifted under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge's span not far from Annapolis, it became obvious that only a favorable incoming tide was our only means of forward progress. 

    No Escaping Irma

    Five days before she hit American soil, I blew down to Miami to prepare my boat for the onslaught of Hurricane Irma. Well, actually I flew up and down on jet blue skies seated on American Airlines to secure and prep my 40-foot cat for a catastrophic category 5–6 hurricane.  How does one ready a boat for the huge tidal surges, destructive gusts and torrential rain?  It's an effort much more moving than relocating a vessel to a safer, more protective location. Prepping for a hurricane is something akin to readying for a battle.  Since there are few safe places when Force 12 winds blow through town, finding an ideal safe spot is in itself no easy endeavor. Then there are the sails, lines and sheets, anchors and the tenders.

    Going Out on a Limb

    Growing up in rural Maryland where extensive woodlands dotted the flat, marshy terrain of Maryland's Talbot County, I spent many idle hours climbing either a magnolia tree in my family's backyard or the heights of huge hay stacks in the hayloft in a nearby barn. And when my younger brothers and I eventually discovered a half-fallen oak tree along the waterfront not far from our home, we built a tree fort, a crow's nest and a "secret" hideaway over the Chesapeake's tributary waters called Solitude Creek.

    Facing Fear

    Let's face it, fear keeps us from facing life. Fear holds us back from being genuine and authentic with each other and maybe even ourselves.  Fears of facing our fears hides our faces. And hiding the truth or hiding from the truth takes our freedoms away.  Fear hides our souls and who we could be. Even facing facts often challenges our realities.  In fact, truth and reality often collide and crash in so many ways and places.  And even when some opinions are presented as facts, it is difficult to distinguish between real and fake, truth and false or right and wrong.

    Taut Not Tense

    Years ago in what and where it seems now was a far, far away galaxy,  I took swing dancing lessons. In the first class the instructor cajoled his neophytes with  "Apply gentle resistance". "Supply pressure for each other". "Hold hands with your partner so he/she feels engaged with and responsive to you." and finally "Both of you need an ounce of opposition to make your relationship work."

    Sailing with One Eye Open

    When the wind drops, a sailor tweaks different controls on his boat to maintain speed and momentum. A loss of either could mean he will be unable to steer his craft effectively. Losing one alters one’s choices and one’s course. So what would be different from a one-eyed perspective? Maybe the result would be same, but maybe the perspective changes the way life is viewed?