Before the Boat

How We Chose Our Cruising Boat

  “What boat should I buy?” This question gets floated around on the Liveaboard and Cruising forums every now and again.  The responses range from good-natured and helpful, to crusty old farts grunting, “Do your own research, kid. You can’t just go on Facebook and mine the experience of decades of my life! Rabble, rabble,…

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The Cocoon Sucks

I had a really nice, cushy life. Up until a month ago, I had a great apartment on a waterfront park in a swanky neighborhood in Dallas. I was surrounded by friends and family that love me. I had a damn cushy job where I essentially had enough personal and emotional capital to run my…

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No One Wants My Crap – A Lesson in Reframing

Look at this desk. It’s amazing, right? It looks like someone stole it off the set of Master and Commander. I love it so much. The brass inlay on the bevel is unusual and decadent. The ornate brass guards on the curved legs serve as a warning to any enemy that might get too close…

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Goodbye, Quan Yin

In about an hour, my bedroom furniture is going to leave my apartment. I feel sad about that. Boxing up the drapes that I spent time picking out. Taking down the framed photos that I shot on vacation. Unplugging the lamps that shone on me as I cultivated my meditation practice. All of these things…

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How Do We Find the Meaning of Life?

I think the moment I became an adult is the moment I realized there is no meaning in life but what I could find in it. Maybe the realization came on like a forgotten ash-covered ember that burst into a blinding light. Or maybe it was delivered by The Little Voice that whispered this primordial wisdom in my ear as I floated…

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