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,…

The Fisherman Footloose and Fancy Free

Finally, a day to ride the new 2014 Honda CTX700. With only 412 km on the motorcycle, the CTX did not even have the break in miles yet. I added another 350 km Sunday so it is just about time for the first oil change. It was mothers day, but the fisherman’s curse is being awake…

Feisty Red – Tossing Seas

Well we managed yet another storm day. Monday was a nasty day at sea, as was Tuesday for half the day. It was a nice morning until the the afternoon. I moved a ton of gear around too. Lobster catches were down drastically as a result. With winds through the night, and it still stormy…

Brisk Winds, High Seas, & A Needed Prayer

Interpret the subtleties of weather from a fisherman’s statements. Fishermen’s words should be probed, as those few luminous words speak volumes from a fisherman. For example, when a Fisherman matter-of-factly says, “It was a blustery week!”, ………………………  one should probably picture big seas that would probably scare most commoners, not a mere little toss of the…