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…