Mountains, Hiking, Health, And Ego Management

“Now those are some serious hikers.” Overheard from the Air Canada check-in booth, spoken by the two supervisors standing off to the left of us. We might have looked mean, but I  was still hurting from my sickness while hiking. The trail was many climbs up and down, and I  started having this knot in…

Birthday Girl, Zimbabwean Doctors, Al-Qaeda And Lobsters 

The highlight of the week is Birthday girl. How on earth have we gone from married at twenty, to married at fifty? I’m beginning  to understand the statement. “A young person trapped in an old body”.  I still live, move, and have my being feeling 29 all the while. Yet, I’ll be fifty years old…

He Just Laughed And Said “Leave Djenne (Africa)” Never!

“When the Jihadists attacked the north and seemed to be on the march towards Djenné in 2012 I decided to leave for the south. I remember asking Yelfa if he would leave if things took a bad turn in Djenné. He did not really understand what I meant at first. The he just laughed and…

The Haunted Mariner Of A Never Told Africa

“I lived in Africa almost half a lifetime ago. I was very young when I went, not just in years, and I returned home feeling prematurely aged. For months after coming back, like the ancient mariner with his gray beard and glittering eyes, I cornered anyone half willing to listen and try to describe what…

Seaman Adventures

“I think it’s my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.” (Leonard Nimoy) I can’t imagine the sea taken from my life. Over the last few years a surprising number of people have asked me if i ever felt like I wanted to walk…

Why South Wind Is Pure Poison & Lies

This is what my uncle always said about lobster fishing. “South wind is pure poision for lobsters.” A first mate of my fathers put it this way, “South wind rocks lobsters to sleep, they don’t move.” Lobsters don’t trap well in South wind it seems. So, unfortunately, the crustaceans are probably avoiding my traps today…

“Hello, My Teacher!” ~ Things I’m Not Worthy To Be Called 

Those were the words I often heard from Sungjung Choi, a South Korean, and student in a class I taught as an adjunct teacher for a theological school a few years back.  “Hello, My Teacher” Sungjung Choi is older than I am, must be mid sixties. He speaks very broken English but he sold his…

Hiker Healing – Hiking Cape Chignecto Trail, Nova Scotia

“What kind of mean little demons have been looking into your life and saying, “What are your plans for next month – or next summer?” Oswald Chambers Spent much of my life planning things. As you can see, I am taking a break from planning things for others benefit, and taking a little time for…

The Churning Sea Prepares The Hiker

Took a hike today.  Needed a little nature to recharge my batteries. Heck i work at sea every day right now, that is nature also. However, i needed a little forest.  Our 320 km hike on the East Coast Trail, Newfoundland, will arrive soon enough. One would think i need to hike to get in…

The Inspired Maniac

“Because your sins are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired person a maniac.” Hosea 9:7 It’s  a hard time to be on any spiritual journey in this climate. As long as you keep it private, it’s bearable. But you can’t write about it much anymore. Basically,…