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  1. Roger Long

    Roger Long

    Joined Nov 22, 2008
    3,563 posts, 8 likes
    Endeavour 32
    US Portland, Maine
    There is a belief, prominent among many of the new friends I have made through Dreameagle, that knowing what you want and visualizing it has the power to help make it real in your life. This would mean that the dreams of youth, when our imaginations are so strong, can greatly shape our lives.

    I am almost certainly here then on Strider largely because of the writings of the great boating sage William Atkin. This passage still lives in my soul and fills the cabin tonight.

    It may be late winter but the connection to the long ago experience of the man who wrote those words is still strong. The air is raw, there are still piles of snow around the cleats on the docks and a thin blanket of white still coats the many sleeping boats nearby.

    I realized while cooking my first meal aboard, standing in the toasty warmth that collects in the upper half of the cabin, bathed in the warm steam and savory smells from the stove, that I can actually hear the cabin heater. It makes a quiet, “Woof, woof, tick, woof” that is almost subliminal, like the quiet breathing of a large dog asleep by a hearth. When the weather is cold, this heater with its flickering light is certainly Strider’s beating heart.

    Outside, the wind howls. It’s strong enough that the boat heels in time with the rise and fall of the sounds from the singing rigging. Even docked, she lives and responds to the vast forces of the surrounding weather system. The contrast between the raw cold I know lies just outside the companionway and the snug warmth and light of my floating home is everything William Atkin led me to expect of the cruising life so long ago.

    My life has become migratory. I thought today that I feel like a Snowy Owl, at home in this cold. Then, I received an email from Dreameagle with a photo of the painting she completed today.


    It was a wonderful winter in Albany but I am feeling the peace of being back at the mobile center of my life. Dreameagle will be here early next week. Speaking of visualizing what you want, look back at what I wrote here a year ago and see how it has come to pass.

  2. justsomeguy


    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,243 posts, 765 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    Cool painting.

  3. victorhoisington


    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    173 posts, 27 likes
    Islander Freeport, 41 Ketch
    US Longmont, CO
    Its very cool when you and your significant other are so in synch that you dream the same dreams and are aligned as one. Your one of the lucky ons to be able to both dream the dream and live it while sharing it together.

    I've been lucky to have this for the last 18 years with my wife. we go shopping and from opposite sides of a table will pick up the same shirt to show it to each other. She's my best friend and partner.

    You are lucky - enjoy every minute

  4. rtshinn


    Joined Oct 4, 2011
    58 posts, 0 likes
    Want A Hunter! 33
    US Seneca Lake
    Your sensory descriptions practically puts us right there with you.

  5. Dragon Fly

    Dragon Fly

    Joined Jun 3, 2004
    70 posts, 0 likes
    ODAY 28
    US bayside
    You 2 might find Lee child's writings interesting, about a "migratory" sort of guy
    called Jack Reacher.

  6. Roger Long

    Roger Long

    Joined Nov 22, 2008
    3,563 posts, 8 likes
    Endeavour 32
    US Portland, Maine
    My favorite on board reading. I just finished two in a row including the newer addition of the first one with an introduction describing how Child created the character. Find it if you can as it will greatly increase your appreciation of Reacher.

    I'll be sorry when I've read all the extant ones. I hope he can keep writing fast enough to keep up with me.

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