|Amongst the ice in the Northwest Passage|
Today is the fifth anniversary of my SEA GYPSY PHILOSOPHER website. Normally, on this occasion I review the joys and tribulations that I experienced while trying to write another year's worth of essays that hopefully are powerful, provocative and poetic. But, as many of you have noticed, my tiny nano-corner of the Blogosphere has been completely silent these last twelve months.
I decided to take a sabbatical because I firmly believe that anyone who dedicates much of their life to Ideas and Words, must periodically challenge their beliefs, and question their biases. Therefore, I have done so.
Now I'd like to share some of these new conclusions in the hopes that such revelations might be helpful in some small way for you - my mostly unknown but treasured readers. My goal will again be to create one new essay about every two weeks.
Although my site abstains from a "comments" section, I do encourage you to contact me through the direct email address which is provided for you in the right hand column. It is usually possible for me to respond to most of the people who take the time to do this.
As for The Big Adventure that I was embarking upon when I last wrote to you, it was a great success. We triumphed in our attempt to sail a 42-foot fiberglass production boat through the fabled and extremely dangerous Northwest Passage above the North American continent.
Don't let anyone tell you that the ice in the Arctic has melted, and that anybody can effortlessly jaunt right through. In fact, a high- ranking Canadian Coast Guard officer claimed that probably none of the sailboats attempting it in the Summer of 2017 would make it through. But most of us persevered, and struggled through ice fields that often seemed impenetrable and endless. Some of the vessels did get trapped for days at a time.
|Ray in the Northwest Passage|
|Back in my natural habitat|
As I begin this second incarnation of my little blog, I will strive to make the website a bit less "heavy" and a bit more enjoyable. All that time in the High Latitudes convinced me that there is so much that is admirable and valuable about a person's "story." And through the years many of you have asked for more information about my particular long and watery road.
So, in the near future I will include some nice photo sections from my street performing days and from my around the world juggling journey and from my sailing voyages. I will also index the blog so that it will be easier to find your way to essays on specific subjects such as the anti-war pieces or my Sea Gypsy Tribe concept.
In conclusion, I am greatly looking forward to again becoming a tiny part of your lives. In this increasingly chaotic and bewildering world, my hope is that I will become for you ... a Blog Over Troubled Waters.
All the best,