Hello, I'm Henry.  

Welcome aboard my blog's home. 

If you come along with me, you'll become acquainted with my motley mates and faithful crew:

Experiences, Sightings, Observations, Impressions, Ideas, Reflections, Remembrances, Insights and Commentary.

They, after all, have accompanied me for as long as I can recall. Their tenure has helped me turn my tiller, fill my sails, and transport me over seas to distant lands. Maybe if you take the time to get to know them, a few will do the same for you.

Click this way and scroll along if you please...Enjoy your stay.   

More Inside than Out

More Inside than Out

 Too much room?  In anchoring situations as diagrammed above one vessel has 100' of scope and the other 50'. Look what happens when one vessel anchors inside another's scope.    Each circle above represents a boat's anchor swing. Anchoring inside the swing area of another vessel's swing area can cause a collision. The key is knowing how much scope each neighboring boat has between anchor and windlass. Sometimes the only way boaters discover their position inside another's circle is when the tide or wind shifts. Asking another boat skipper how much scope his or her anchor has could help.   The middle diagram is what happened in the photo above. I placed out too much scope and the motorboat too little for comfort. Luckily the next morning was calm or the bow of the yacht behind me and my stern might have become more intimate.  In anchoring, it is important to look outside in. If boats are too closely anchored, an outer swing circle may overlap with an inner circle. In other words, anchoring inside

Too much room?

In anchoring situations as diagrammed above one vessel has 100' of scope and the other 50'. Look what happens when one vessel anchors inside another's scope.  

Each circle above represents a boat's anchor swing. Anchoring inside the swing area of another vessel's swing area can cause a collision. The key is knowing how much scope each neighboring boat has between anchor and windlass. Sometimes the only way boaters discover their position inside another's circle is when the tide or wind shifts. Asking another boat skipper how much scope his or her anchor has could help. 

The middle diagram is what happened in the photo above. I placed out too much scope and the motorboat too little for comfort. Luckily the next morning was calm or the bow of the yacht behind me and my stern might have become more intimate.

In anchoring, it is important to look outside in. If boats are too closely anchored, an outer swing circle may overlap with an inner circle. In other words, anchoring inside

I woke one morning in Marine Stadium to discover a motor yacht anchored near my Mystique.  I wondered if its skipper had given much thought when he set its anchor in the evening dark.  

The next morning was placid and windless so there was no danger of our boats bumping; however, with fickle Floridian weather, the situation could have been quite different. Because I had anchored first, the captain of the other vessel could not have known how much scope I had let out on my anchor rode.  So how could the anchorers know how safe it was for our two vessels not to collide? Did they know anything about anchoring?

"Henry, you think too much. You live in your head."

"Really?.........and where do you reside?"

 Hearted brain coral from the Exuma Marine and Sea Park

Hearted brain coral from the Exuma Marine and Sea Park

So where do thoughts live in people's lives? in their relationships? in their approvals? In their perceptions? In their bodies? In their pasts? In their emotions? In their feelings? In their fears? In their friendships? In their family? In their music? with a therapist? All of these? Do others' thoughts only appear occasionally?  Certainly others consider or think about life? Certainly ideas fascinate? Dreams? Fantasies? Ideas? Apparently, too much thinking can be scary for some people. I do remember in school as a student and teacher it was sometimes uncool to be smart. For many, fitting in was more important than standing out.

 Too much rain? Too much water?

Too much rain? Too much water?

"Too much"?  Is too much thought dangerous or deleterious? Will brains somehow explode from overload. Maybe think less? Share less? Maybe talk less? Maybe talk more slowly? Dummy-it-down? Live a duller existence to satisfy some lower standard? Maybe I should emote more!? Could it be that some people prefer mindlessness or thoughtlessness?  Maybe numb and dumb helps many cope! Maybe ignorance is bliss. Maybe our the 2016 presidential election results may provide an answer. Maybe human approval and acceptance issues are the problem. All interesting considerations if one is a thinker though not good sense if one isn't.

 Holden Caulfield was a dreamer - maybe too much in his head!

Holden Caulfield was a dreamer - maybe too much in his head!

Some of my friends have noted I live in my head. I'm pretty sure they weren't referring to my vessel's toilet. Though when I reconsider that thought and consider my friends, it's entirely possible. Most are probably noticing my active imagination. One friend says she doesn't understand me while another says I'm interesting while another thinks I can be provocative and yet another knows my deep empathy and sensitivity. So it is, people tend to portray others from their own limited comfort zone. Acceptance of difference does not come easy for many of us.

 By reading too much about chivalry, Don Quixote's misperceptions lead him into trouble.

By reading too much about chivalry, Don Quixote's misperceptions lead him into trouble.

Sadly fake happiness is sometimes based on outside considerations. Maybe others live in their eyes. If It's out of sight, it's out of mind! Many men live in their body's sexual desire. Some live in a world of stuff - possessions and materialism. Some only value life by their salary or status. Beauty, bounty and body often delude the mind. So it is no wonder that many look outside themselves to find themselves. All there is there is a facade holding a fragile foundation together. 

I think there are other explanations why I occasionally hear that head comment. One possible answer is I openly share my thoughts to engage in an intelligent conversation. Not to be right or prove another wrong or to be confrontational. Another possibility is to consider multiple possibilities for situations as if I'm inviting solutions or suggestions for understanding. But many are somehow threatened by thought. And another large portion of society is uncomfortable expressing feeling.

 Inside Mystique looking out towards Marine Stadium.

Inside Mystique looking out towards Marine Stadium.

 A friend sent me a photo of me as a child enlarged so I placed it inside my stateroom as a reminder.

A friend sent me a photo of me as a child enlarged so I placed it inside my stateroom as a reminder.

Living on my catamaran Mystique, I live in and out doors simultaneously, so to speak. Living on a boat means I float. I'm on it when I'm in and out. Most of the time I'm not only living on clean clear, salt water, but also on clean air.  When I go ashore, I paddle out and away from my vessel on my kayak 100 yards or so to my car, but I enter into a ground-based solid, hardened world. Sometimes I motor my dinghy ashore to get out of my insides and floating fantasy. While I come ashore not to get grounded or eat solid food,  but to take care of outside interests and concerns.

When I got outside myself a few years ago, I found trouble. Since then, I have been teaching myself to live more inside out. By that I mean greater mindfulness and more open, attentive interactions with others as well as my self.

Yea, In case you're wondering, i have conversations with myself. Don't we all? But now my inner voice witnesses ego, listens to it, regards it and then disregards many of its messages. Now rather than react, I attempt to come from more from within a consciousness of acceptance. I find myself now catching my wounded ego, witnessing my thoughts and even listening to my inner child from time to time. My thinking approach seems to work for me. It keeps me more balanced than ever. Though my brain within another head's history and woundedness, maybe not!

 Looking out my stateroom, I can see Mast Academy in the distance when a northerly wind blows through Marine Stadium between Miami and Key Biscayne. Maybe my home is my sanctuary.

Looking out my stateroom, I can see Mast Academy in the distance when a northerly wind blows through Marine Stadium between Miami and Key Biscayne. Maybe my home is my sanctuary.

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Cast Off

Cast Off

Sailing Alone to the Bahamas

Sailing Alone to the Bahamas