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September 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends: One of the first articles I wrote was called; People, the Bonus of Cruising. It told about the warm hearted people we kept meeting as we cruised, how we broke the ice and what they added to our lives. Over the past few months we’ve had reason to reflect on this. To escape … Continue reading »

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August 2013 newsletter

Dear Friends; How could you keep cruising for so long? That is a question we heard just slightly less than, “what about pirates?”  Variety, that was our answer, adding new adventures afloat or on land, moving into other people’s lives, getting to know their culture, sometimes moving ashore for a few months at a time … Continue reading »

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May 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends: I love books, I love being on the water. Kawau Island, our home base, has no roads, no shops nor library and lots of avid readers.  Once a month people from all parts of the island journey by boat to a different home and bring along books they want to share. Since each … Continue reading »

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April 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends It’s been a long hot summer. With the on-going drought and unseasonable warm weather it feels like little is changing. But everything else tells me autumn is here. It’s not just the bright red leaves of the trees on the mainland or the ever shorter days, it’s all the north-bound traffic that makes … Continue reading »

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March 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends: “The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!” It seemed a strange headline for a daily newspaper in the far southern reaches of the Tasman sea. From what we heard before we came Hobart as guests of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival (http://www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/),  we knew this was going to be a pretty big event for … Continue reading »

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January 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends: Coincidence and sailing seem to go hand-in-hand. In our August newsletter I wrote about the Los Angeles Chapter of the Adventurers Club, the amazing exhibits, reminders of the sometimes wondrous, sometimes crazy adventures made by relatively unknown Southern Californian’s. One in particular captured my imagination, the 16 foot long canvas kayak/sailboat built in 1933 … Continue reading »

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December 2012

Dear Friends: With the holidays almost here, it’s sailing time in New Zealand. Yet the weather around our island home (just 30 miles north of Auckland City) has made it hard on anyone trying to finish their spring refit. When it is not blowing a gale, it seems to be raining. Taleisin sits forlornly alongside … Continue reading »

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November 2012

Dear Friends: Call it writers block, call it overstimulation, but as many of you have noticed, I haven’t written a newsletter in four months. As we traveled right around the USA, driving more than 7000 miles in Brownie Lite, our pickup truck/camper, flying another 13,000 miles, doing seminars, visiting with old friends and family, sailing … Continue reading »

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August 2012 Newsletter

Dear Friends Behind a slightly scruffy painted door, set into the front of a run-down building, on a non-descript corner at the edge of a less than savory part of old Los Angeles lies a steep set of wide, wooden stairs. We weren’t quite sure we’d buy viagra super active online come to the correct … Continue reading »

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June 2012 Newsletter

Dear Friends Many years ago we left Taleisin on a mooring in Poole Harbor, on the south coast of England while we enjoyed a party on shore. We returned to our dinghy at about 11 PM to find fog had rolled in and visibility was down to about 50 feet. The moorings off Parkstone yacht … Continue reading »

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May 2012

Dear Friends: Just a week before I sat down to write this I learned my brother-in-law, Michael Masculine, was killed while riding his motorcycle.  He was traveling at a modest speed, the light was green, a truck driver made a left turn and hit him. Michael died instantly, just a mile from his home. When … Continue reading »

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March 2012

Dear friends: When we were invited to be guests at a wooden boat festival in Geelong, Australia near Melbourne, both of us had lots of reasons to pass up the opportunity; we’d just spent several months living on the road and promoting my latest book in the USA, early March is the very best sailing … Continue reading »

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