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Connecting with all creatures in Nature remains my source of inspiration today.
As I teach and write, embracing cultural differences helps me build compassion while continuing to learn.
“One of the things I love about Pacific Northwest living is the great variety of climates, and the chances it gives for me to see my environment wearing a whole new set of clothes for each weather and seasonal change.” (The “Best” Of Vancouver Island, A Cruising Philosopher’s Sampler 5 pages, Sea magazine, CBS Publications, USA, August, 1980… )
“Pride in one’s boat, as inspired by the beauty of her finish, can be ample reward for time spent caring for her. … Perhaps the most important advice to those considering a bright hull is to enjoy your brightwork – and your hammock. If the admiring comments get to be too much, go cruising.” (From The Natural Look, 2 pages, Yachting magazine, Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, New York, N.Y., USA, April, 1983.)
"Admittedly, one’s ego can wreak havoc with so-called common sense …Making a trip of 715 miles in three weeks on a boat with an average cruising speed of 6 knots does require careful attention to navigation… tidal and current flows can be friends as well as foes.” (The Perils and Ploys of Northwest Navigation 4 pages, Cruising World magazine, Newport, R.I., USA, January, 1981.)
“When younger children ask questions about sexuality, it’s important to keep it simple. When they’re ready for more information, they’ll ask, as long as parents keep communication lines flowing by listening to feelings, respecting both hearts and minds.” (from Helping Your Kids Handle Homophobia, Summer, 2003)
“Even a little bit of hate is akin to being a little bit pregnant. Eventually you give birth to a much bigger hate. Embrace inclusiveness, 100%. Love does prevail.” (from Love or Labels, Inclusion or Exclusion? July, 2003
“When I learned to fly near Nanaimo, Harmac’s belching smoke was also my telltale of the wind, and of my exact location, if, in a moment of panic, I didn’t have my dead reckoning in tune with my somewhat scatterbrained senses.” (From The “Best” Of Vancouver Island, A Cruising Philosopher’s Sampler 5 pages, Sea magazine, CBS Publications, USA, August, 1980)
I've been teaching, writing and editing since the 1970s. My work focuses on a variety of
non-fiction subjects, including health, parenting, education, human rights, yacht design, boat building, and cruising. Fortunate to gain insight into various cultural viewpoints around the world -- from both travelling and teaching -- I've instilled much of this into my work.
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