Tag Archives: Adventure

A poignant journey

Having been in much need of some of what I call “dock therapy,” I gladly accepted the invitation to spend a day helping my friend, Ken, move his Hunter 33 sailboat 60 miles down river. Ken’s friend, Ray, a highly experienced … Continue reading

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The two kinds of luck

Luck may appear to be something that just happens to us, but we can often make our own luck when it depends on opportunities seen or made and taken. For instance, I feel very lucky to have wonderful friends, but … Continue reading

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Welcome guest blogger Dan Verner

Dan Verner is my sixth guest blogger from Write by the Rails – the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club‘s Endless Blog Tour 2014.  In the coming weeks, you will find here posts from nine additional guests. Enjoy! I went out to … Continue reading

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Turn off the “Dagnabit!”

The balloon ride was not to be. My daughter, Laurel, and I and rose at 4 a.m., and left the house at 4:30. I drove two hours before one of my tires suddenly went flat on the highway. Dagnabit! In moving … Continue reading

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Flashback

Searching through some old emails, I came across one I had sent on Aug. 21, 2009, to report on the condition of the regional Sea Scout Training Vessel DER PELIKAN, which had an unfortunate encounter with the Kent Narrows Bridge … Continue reading

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Another dream to live

At exactly this moment three years and three months ago, I was heading on a night-long trip down the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal aboard the 125′ schooner LIBERTY CLIPPER. This was the first leg of what would become a two-week … Continue reading

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The soldier sails a tugboat

Only one boat, NORFOLK REBEL, could simultaneously meet a young Iraq veteran’s two dreams: to sail and to drive a tugboat. Thanks to the kindness of Captain Steve Briggs, Will Williamson piloted the “Tugantine” on the Elizabeth River while under power, and then under … Continue reading

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Operation “Sailing Angel”

The morning of Wednesday, October 23, 2013 saw the dream of a young Iraq vet come into reality. That day, Will Williamson, a 25-year-old soldier who is battling his second round of leukemia, stepped aboard the beautiful Beneteau 49, LIQUIDITY, … Continue reading

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When asked to make a dream come true, you say “Yes!”

What do you do when asked to make a dream come true for a young veteran of the Iraq war, who is battling leukemia that was likely caused by the spent uranium spread by US munitions in the region? First, … Continue reading

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The soldier wants to be a sailor

On a recent evening I left work an hour early to drive to a federal medical facility, where I passed through a security clearance that included a vehicle search, purse inspection and my walking through a metal detector. Afterward, I … Continue reading

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