Yearning for a purpose


When I wrote Designer & Client this is what I saw: So much of what we do is… required of us.… …no one is forcing us to have a pleasure boat. No practical purpose is fulfilled by owning one… A boat is an opportunity to create a dream and act on it. Most such dreams … Continue reading Yearning for a purpose

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Peregrine, a 46′ Schooner


Peregrine, a pilgrim. Not the Thanksgiving type, a traveler, a wanderer. Traveling with a purpose. Bring something somewhere and finding something to take on to the next port. We tend to think of this as a mercantile transaction, but there are other things we might carry besides a cargo. What if we carry a skill, … Continue reading Peregrine, a 46′ Schooner

Quoddy Light


        There were two strains of peapods built downeast along the coast of Maine. The first, and arguably most common, were for inshore lobstering. A man or boy, often an old man or a young boy, would tend a few traps in among the rocks and ledges too close in for the … Continue reading Quoddy Light

Finding Passage


Where do we start? Where we are is broken. Lies in tatters. Corrupt. We're mired in toxic imitations of vitality. So many things are broken. Things we've forgotten what they were for. We are broken. Caught between our past and our loss of connection. Stuck in the ways we learned how to behave. Traumas endured … Continue reading Finding Passage

The Schooner Actæon


In my novel, Shoal Hope a rum-runner sails a schooner named Actæon. It's larger than this one, loosely based on McCoy's Arethusa. This Actæon is much smaller; but still a large boat.         When MacFarlane first sees his Actæon: That old boat was in bad shape. Went up to New England, looking … Continue reading The Schooner Actæon

The Word Craft Is Derived from Strength


It's taken me long enough; but I've finally discovered that the word craft derives from Old English and German words for strength. Forehead slap! Of course. Kraft paper means strong paper. Knew that! So at this point this belated revelation reverberates in my skull. Thinking about the distinction between strength and power…. There's already been … Continue reading The Word Craft Is Derived from Strength