Archive for the 'My Life' Category

Who is Ellie?

The rain has prevented me from working on s/v Pretty Gee as I was planning. So, instead, I thought I would write a bit about the amazing woman I love, to let my friends see who she is and why I love her so very much. Ellie is a beautiful, intelligent, selfless, stubborn, and fiery-tempered […]

Looking Back

Looking back on the events of this past summer, I do not regret telling Ellie how I feel about her. I think that telling her how much I love her and that I want to spend the rest of my life with her was the right decision, in spite of what has since happened. Life […]

Walking Away

I have tried everything in my power to get Ellie’s family to try and see that she has a problem. I have given them all the evidence and documentation of Ellie’s problem, but they will not even look at it. It just seems that they can not or will not accept that this is a […]

A Prayer for Ellie

Tomorrow, I will give Ellie’s mother all the documentation I have about why I believe that Ellie is ill and needs help. I hope that the reasoning and conclusions that I came up with as well as all the evidence that I have, in Ellie’s own words, from my conversations with her, and from my […]


I found this definition of Querencia on a website: “In Spanish, querencia describes a place where one feels safe, a place from which one’s strength of character is drawn, a place where one feels at home.” I have always defined it as it was taught to me by a friend many years ago–home of the […]

Missing Ellie

I’m lying on the foredeck of my friend’s sailboat, thinking about and missing Ellie. When she was younger, she used to love sleeping on the foredeck of S/V Pretty Gee. She also used to curl up under the dodger, above the S/V Pretty Gee’s companionway.  Right now, she appears to be missing in action and […]

Protected: A letter to Ellie

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I am really disgusted by how little the wedding vows mean to so many people today. Apparently, the idea of making and keeping a commitment to someone when you say your vows is an unusual concept. Just look at Woods, Weiner, Schwarznegger, Edwards, and so many others. The list goes on and on. What part […]

Conversations and Discoveries

Over the past few days, I’ve realized a few things about Ellie that I had not thought of before talking with several friends of mine. The conversations I’ve had with them about Ellie and what she has come to mean to me have been very enlightening—bringing up insights that probably would have taken me months […]

Life With Gee—Act Three

I have been working on a book about what Gee and I went through in the short 23 months and one day we were together. However, I haven’t really been able to write the book and couldn’t understand why until this week. This week I finally realized what had been keeping me from really working on the book. The problem was I did not know the how the book would end. This week, I think I finally figured it out—but the ending has yet to be written.

Miniature Peanut Butter Cups

The other day I was in West Marine, picking up some supplies for s/v Pretty Gee.  There was a bucket of assorted candies at the register, so I dug through it to find the miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  The cashier commented that those seemed to the be most popular candy they had in the […]

Courtney Clevenger

( Events andMy Life )

Today, I’m writing about Courtney, the young daughter of an online friend of mine. She passed away earlier this week, due to complications from her cancer. She was one of the youngest women to be diagnosed with breast cancer , as she was only twenty or so when she was diagnosed. Today is her memorial […]

Another Brave Woman

Right now, my thoughts are with an online friend, Mike, and his family. Mike is a fellow sailor, and I know him through one of the sailing forums I participate on. While I’ve never met Courtney, or her family, I have spoken and corresponded with them over the past year. His daughter Courtney is a […]

Happy Fourth Of July 2008!

Originally, my plans for the Fourth of July were to go and anchor out in Buzzards Bay, just outside the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier, and watch the fireworks over Fort Phoenix. I changed those plans because there was supposed to be a 70% chance of thunderstorms and the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier was going to […]

Seven Years, Seven Months and Seven Days Ago

Seven years, seven months and seven days ago was one of the happiest days of my life. It was November 4, 2000, and I married the most amazing woman I’ve ever met. I knew I was going to marry her the very first time I heard her voice. It is difficult to believe that today, […]

Siteseeing with Alex

My friend Alex was stuck up in New Hampshire for work. He lives in Portugal, but occasionally visits New England because of his job. Since I had some boat hardware for his boat, I went by his hotel yesterday to drop it off. Alex looked miserable, sailing withdrawal… Since my boat isn’t quite ready to […]

One Score and Eight Years Ago

Today is always a day of mixed memories for me. Twenty years ago today, my identical twin brother, David, was killed by a drunken driver just outside of Nashville, Tennesee.  The drunk driver only got 90 days suspended due to the incompetence of the police department that handled the accident investigation. It took the police […]

A New Niece

Well, I am an uncle again. Earlier this month, my new niece was born.  Abigail Kim Morrissey is the first grandchild in my in-laws family, and I am very happy to be an uncle again.  She was born on August 1, 2007 and weighed six pounds and 13 ounces.  Her mother is my sister-in-law, Michele. […]

Six Years Ago

Six years ago today, I was cast Adrift At Sea. The amazing woman who had agreed to marry me in September 1999 finally lost her fight with pancreatic cancer. Gee passed away at 11:00 am, six years ago today, exactly seven months and seven days from the start of our wedding. Even today, I find […]


In the last week I’ve had some friends and family visit Boston and the surrounding area. My friend Cindy, who lives in New Mexico, was in town for a training last week. One aunt and uncle came here from Honduras to celebrate my mother’s birthday. Another friend, Alex from Portugal, has been working up in […]

The 2007 Season Has Arrived

( My Life andSailing )

The 2007 Sailing Season has finally arrived. It really seemed that winter would be hanging on for a few more weeks, but it has gone out with a bang. My friends Norm and Elizabeth delivered their new boat, Averisera from Connecticut up to Boston, with only a short delay due to the Nor’Easter than was […]

Happy Easter!

( Events andMy Life )

While I’m no longer a big fan of this time of year, I would like to wish my readers, friends, and family a Happy Easter or Passover, as appropriate. One of my favorite photos of this season is this one:

Happy Birthday!

Today is my nephew Nicholas’s sixth birthday. He is very excited to be six. My sister had a massive party with tons of his friends. I avoided the party… that many five and six-year-olds are way too noisy for me. It is also the forty-something birthday of one of my best friends, Brian. He’s over […]

The World’s Largest Valentine

This morning, I awoke to find another Valentine’s Day card from Gee. The world outside my window was blanketed in a fresh New England snowstorm. I guess it is her way of wishing me a Happy Valentine’s Day, and reminding me that not only is today Valentine’s Day, but also her birthday.  She would have […]

37 Days and Meta’s Story

One of my favorite blogs to read is 37 Days, by Patti Digh. A recent post of her talks about the movie “March of the Penguins”, and talks about a young woman named Meta. The story really hit home for me, since Meta was about the same age as my identical twin and, like him, […]

Small World

As many of my blog readers also read Tillerman’s Proper Course blog, I thought I’d share an interesting discovery.  I am indirectly connected to him, and his family. I just got a comment, as did he, from his daughter-in-law, Anne. Anne just realized that I am Debbi’s little brother. Debbi and Kathy, Anne’s older sister, […]

NaNoWriMo Begins

( Misc. andMy Life andwriting )

Well, blogging is probably going to suffer as I hunker down and get settled into NaNoWriMo 2006. Brian and Carol Anne are already off and running. Tammy, Brad and I are a bit behind them.  This is my first time participating in the organized insanity called NaNoWriMo, and it’ll be interesting to see how it […]

Sailing Weather and Upcoming Boat Projects

( My Life andSailing )

There’s nothing better than the weather we’ve had this past two weeks for good autumn sailing. The wind has been pretty solid, between 15 and 25 knots most of the time, and the temperatures, relatively reasonable, at least in that we haven’t had any snow. It’s been really hard to be stuck ashore with the […]


( My Life andwriting )

I signed up for NaNoWriMo today. For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it is the National Novel Writing Month event that takes every November. My friend, Brian Howe, challenged me to participate this year. I intend on using it as a incubator for the book I am writing about My Life […]

Road To Recovery

( My Life )

I’m back home from the hospital. I’ve got to go back next week, and get the staples out. but I’m finally on the road to recovery. It’s been a long two weeks, and it is good to be home. I guess I should be more careful what I wish for in the future.