Afflicted and worn, I sat on the boat, warm under windless high cirrus - wishing. The Sound was glassed off and there was no sense taking her out just to exercise the motor, so I got on my trusty bicycle and pedaled from the marina to the island. We call it "the island" around here,... Continue Reading →

Loving Vincent

I saw a fascinating film last night about Vincent VanGogh entitled "Loving Vincent". I've long been fascinated by Vincent and have seen some of his works in person. Who can forget the Sunflower in the Met! The film is animated in Van Gogh's style by thousands of hand-painted images. It is old time animation done... Continue Reading →

Down South – A Love Song

I lived up in Waco before it was cool and then slipped down to Houston's fumes, flares and traffic. I was in N'Orleans after Katrina and watched Deepwater oil wash up on the beaches in Alabama. I sailed the Gulf Coast from Key West to Port Isabel, blasted windblown and laughing across Mobile, Galveston and... Continue Reading →

This is My Church – Team Alula in the R2AK

Last July, I sailed Maravilla (my F27 trimaran) over to Port Townsend WA for the start of the Race to Alaska (R2AK). I wandered aimless around the boat basin before the start absorbing the carnival atmosphere. Boats and crews prepared, compared notes with competitors, nervous but resolute. I walked past a young man being interviewed... Continue Reading →

Little Spark

Come dance with me Little Spark. Ride Redemption Road through this Enchanted Forest. Flit through dappled live oak trailing sparks of hope-fire. Float above a yellow-eyed hawk light as a prayer gliding through the canopy on muscular gold-spattered wings. Come dance with me Little Spark. Wander thoughtless to the end of the lane, to the... Continue Reading →


Coyote crossed 20 feet ahead from left to right, ears forward, intent on something ahead of him and to my right. He never looked at me. I shouted at him, he ignored me. I lowered my mountain bike to the ground, the clatter got his attention and he loped away looking over his shoulder. I... Continue Reading →

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