Tag Archives: Happiness

The key to happiness

Seven years ago this week, I moved into My Palace of Peace, with the help of many people, including my dear friend, Eileen. She also rallied her four children to assist, and even the littlest one was helpful and hard … Continue reading

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De nada

Riding my bike down a wooded path through the park, I slowed nearly to a stop when I saw a toddler and his family ahead. The boy was in the path, hopping around and being silly. His chubby cheeks were pink, … Continue reading

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Single handing therapy

Last weekend I enjoyed my first solo, or “single hand” sail in a very long time. This was something of a landmark for me, because, for almost two years, I was partially disabled by a succession of three leg injuries that … Continue reading

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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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Gift from a broken cellist

Listening to a recording of Janos Starker playing Suite No 1, Prelude of Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello, I remember the time I heard this music played live. The elderly gentleman had chipped a bone in his right elbow a … 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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