Living Life with Abandon as an Osprey Stares

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Attitude & Encouragement, Blog, Sailing & Travel | 8 comments

It was like a gun slinging show down from the Old Wild West. The steady stares, shallow breathing, and the unspoken dare. Who would make the first move? My finger was positioned, ready to fire off frame upon frame on my camera. But my worthy opponent, an osprey, would have to make the first move. For the moment, she was content to sit in a tree and stare at me. It could be a long wait. Earlier in the day I had been watching...

Read More

My Stressful Storm Story (Or: Praise on the Aegean Sea)

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Blog, Faith In God, Sailing & Travel | 0 comments

Last week’s tragic loss of life on the Italian cruise ship was so unnecessary, there wasn’t even a storm. I had one stormy sailing experience I care never to repeat. I wrote this account a few months later. As Diane picks the next song, I recall Pastor Glenn’s sermon from several months ago. Diabetes…discouraged…He went for a walk…and sang….When life is hard sing! Sing praises to God! Yes Diane,...

Read More

My Favorite Photo of 2011

Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 in Blog, Sailing & Travel | 4 comments

We knew things would get a little rough entering the inlet at Barneget Bay.This New Jersey inlet gives us a safe anchorage when we travel the East Coast by sailboat. After a long day of travel we were ready to drop anchor. Depending on the tide, water rushes out to the ocean from the inlet, or into the inlet from the ocean. Either way, at times the waves can build up. This was one of those times. Like it or not, we were going in. If this...

Read More

Elegant Woman Befriends Salty Me at the Laundromat

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in Blog, Faith In God, Sailing & Travel | 3 comments

The fishing town of Scituate remembers those lost at sea. Why can’t they use coins like everyone else?  I studied the last obstacle that stood between me and clean clothes; a Laundromat debit card machine. We were in Scituate, Massachusetts. The boat had barely come to a stop before I went off to the town’s waterfront Laundromat. There I stood having survived hundreds of miles at sea, only to be stumped by a vending machine. I...

Read More

Oops…White Woman at a Black Hair Salon

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011 in Blog, Faith In God, Sailing & Travel | 4 comments

Wool socks are not something you might include on your packing list for a summer sailboat cruise. Lucky for me, I was knitting a pair when we started our summer on the boat. Just as it was becoming rainy and cold at our anchorage in New York, I finished my socks. This photo was to commemorate my first pair of knitted socks. Here I am, the happy First Mate. My socks however, are not the point of this blog. It’s my hair. Sort of. This photo...

Read More

Confessions Of This First Mate

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Blog, Faith In God, Sailing & Travel | 4 comments

My husband and I are spending some time out on our sailboat. It’s a privilege and an adventure. In many ways, time on the boat challenges and deepens our relationship. It has been a beautiful cruise so far. The boat is running well. My pain management on the boat has greatly improved (thanks to a demanding year of physical therapy). And the weather has been perfect.                               As we crossed...

Read More