The Clean Up of my “Cove”

When my son was younger I read “The Cleanup of Codfish Cove” to him over and over. When Codfish Cove becomes cluttered with trash, Shamu the whale wants to move far away to where the waters are clean. But Shamu’s friends don’t want to move, so...

Help make a girl a sailor

I’ve been going through boxes purging “stuff”. Among the things I don’t need, but clung to, I found a few journals. I flipped one of them open to an entry about introducing a young girl, Shelby, to sailing. Shelby joined a group of women to attend the Women’s Sailing...

Found poem, a remembered gift

Although this poem is not precisely sailing related, I feel compelled to share its beauty. Probably a decade ago, a friend of mine sent me the poem by Pat Nielsen, who was a dear friend of hers who I recall had just passed away, losing her battle with breast cancer. I...

Why it’s great to be a sailor

Top 10 lists are everywhere these days, and they admittedly can get a little silly. But, I recently stumbled across a top 100+ list called “Why it’s great to be a sailor”, and just had to share it. The first one made me smile …. “seeing...

Flat earth and bad luck

Not very long ago, sailors feared the edge, the place just past known seas, where ships would fall from the edge of the earth. In their minds the earth was flat. Sailors believed wrongly pushing their craft past known limits was folly, which could end with free...