Hello, I'm Henry.  

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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.

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False Witness

As soon as I pulled myself up on deck, I looked back from where I paddled and saw the flames. Oh, my god! 

In disbelief I saw Marine Stadium aflame. At first aghast, I watched the awe spread before me. Only mere moments earlier I had paddled my yellow kayak near the stadium back to my boat. Because I had been facing east, I had been unaware of the overhead firestorm behind me.

How could I not know the shore was aflame when I had just parked my car near the stadium? How could this all happen within moments? It had only taken me at the most 10 minutes to return to my vessel? How could I have been so unaware?  And besides how could such a concrete structure be on fire?

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As I watched the conflagration spread, I heard no sirens and saw no fire engines rushing to the scene. Had no one called the alarm? Was I the only one seeing this? But then I could see what I saw wasn't what I first thought. It wasn't the fire I thought it was. It happened to be a magnificent sky display that just in those moments lit up the horizon southeast of Miami.

I have been faked out before by the sky, and I know false alarms can be common occurrences. But these aren't really ever false. They are just different from what someone sees and expects.  Sometimes it just the way we see things that is the real alarm. Sometimes we just miss the message, don't get the memo, didn't see reality correctly!  If we humans arrive at the scene where there is no fire, we may fail to see what is really aflame. Our POV? Our eyesight? Our judgments? Our false impressions? Our imagination? Our fears? Our addiction to excitement or drama?  If all we all looking for the alarm maybe we should look at the cause of our false alarms.

 With a gusty day 30-knot breeze in Feb 2017 west of the Exumas, I noticed smoke in the distance on the west end of New Providence. The next day, I learned no newspaper had reported the fire that burned more than a quarter of the island. Maybe it is more alarming that a real fire could be suppressed so island homeowners were kept in the dark.

With a gusty day 30-knot breeze in Feb 2017 west of the Exumas, I noticed smoke in the distance on the west end of New Providence. The next day, I learned no newspaper had reported the fire that burned more than a quarter of the island. Maybe it is more alarming that a real fire could be suppressed so island homeowners were kept in the dark.

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