Commentary on WHQR

Yesterday, my voice was transmitted over the airwaves of our local NPR station, WHQR 91.3 FM. As a guest commentator in the station's Communique department, I read a short essay about standing a night watch on the Schooner Anne and seeing myself in perspective with the world around me (readers of Going Aloft might recognize … Continue reading Commentary on WHQR

Going Aloft, Chapter 24

There are times in life when, no matter how hard you try, you just can't seem to make it work. You are reminded, forcibly and sometimes painfully, of your true position relative to the eddies and whirlpools of larger life, of the interconnectedness of everything. How delicate the balance of forces on both sides. How … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 24

Going Aloft, Chapter 21

To see a sailing boat out of the water is likeĀ seeing a bird on the ground- it happens, sometimes, but it's not the place where it's supposedĀ to be. It's also like looking at an iceberg, in that much of the volume of the vessel is hidden, submerged beneath the waves. Our schooner had a deep … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 21

Going Aloft, Chapter 10

This chapter captures one of my favorite memories of the voyage- the morning after the hellacious storm of the night before. There was this satisfied feeling of having survived something terrifying, of breaking through to the other side of a very tangible and real obstacle. And the sea was as beautiful as I have ever … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 10