Author - Paul S

Incorrigble

adjective: a person not able to be corrected, improved, or reformed.

Back in my sailing days (Maui – 1980-88), I imagined that if I ever owned my own racing yacht, I’d call it “Incorrigible.”  The name has a certain 12-meter / America’s Cup ring to it, not unlike “Intrepid” – the name of the yacht that won the Cup in 1967 and 1970.  

I never did get my own racing yacht.  The yachts I owned and sailed out of Lahaina Harbor were part of a business that had a brand identity that had to be preserved.  

But now I’ve got this pretty cool car, and as part of this whole self-recovery process that I’ve been going through this year, I think I’ve come up with a suitable and appropriate personalized license plate – the closest I could come in just seven letters. .

Sailing aboard the ‘Scotch Mist’ off the coast of Lahaina, Maui – ca. 1982.  
It was a tough life, but somebody had to do it.

 

 

 

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Solstice Greetings

The sun rises beyond the ruin of the 15th century monastery at Lindisfarne, the ‘Holy Isle’ off the coast of Northumberland, England. I got to spend two nights and days there in the late spring of 2013, when I followed John Doan and a troupe of Celtic musicians around parts of England and Scotland.  

Lindisfarne is regarded as the Cradle of Christianity in northern Britain, for it is here that the Celtic Saints Aidan, Hilde and Cuthbert first arrived from the Scottish Isle of Iona to begin preaching the Gospel.  

Elizabeth Gilbert Redux

While I was out on my 2-mile “Walk Before Coffee” this morning, I passed some neighbors and their four little dogs.  Each of the dogs waddled up to me and I gave then a little bit of petting  (while thinking, “gee, I wish I could just walk up to humans and get this kind of attention…”).  As I passed, one of the neighbors said “thank you for your kindness.”  And I replied, “well, that’s a pretty good way to start the day….” 

Then I got home and made my coffee and plopped down on the sofa in the treehouse, and found this notification on the screen on my phone.  Liz Gilbert likes my post from yesterday.

Yeah, I’d say that’s a pretty good way to start my day.

What’s next? 

Elizabeth Gilbert

she of “Eat Pray Love” and “Big Magic,” now on tour in support of her new novel, ‘City of Girls’ – at Montgomery Bell Academy last night for Salon@615 sponsored in part by Parnassus Books.

Nobody should be THAT smart and insightful into the Human Experience.   She said so many brilliant things that I’m kicking myself that I did not record it so I can listen to it again (yeah, I know, “no recordings…” When has that ever stopped me?  Well for some reason it did this time…)

I did make a few notes, among them:

“There is only one reason why people  (don’t do the thing they want to do), and that is because they are afraid.”

“I’m on an ‘Integrity cleanse” – that means only telling the truth.”

“98% of the work I do is research.  It’s very analog, I put everything on index cards and compile the cards in shoeboxes; by the time I’m ready to start the actual writing, the book has practically written itself. “

“I keep past, present, and future versions of myself.  When Present Liz finds something that Past Liz has left for her, she thanks Past Liz for sending it out to Future Liz.”

“A drunk person can run but can’t walk. Write like a drunk person.”

“The truth has legs,. It’s the only thing that is still standing at the end of the day. It’s where we’re going to wind up, so we may as well start there.”

“There is an intelligence in the universe that wants to communicate with us.”

That last one speaks directly to one of the underlying themes of the Book That I Have Yet To Finish (ttbrown.com)

She said a lot of other too-smart things that I just hope I will recall during the day(s) ahead.

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