Back Among The Living

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It’s been nearly a year since the car wreck and I haven’t decided how to celebrate the anniversary: Stay off the roads… Or go back to the spot to “spike” it with my cane as if crossing a goal line. Getting back up on my feet has been a mental and physical journey during which […]

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Led Zeppelin’s 50th Anniversary

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Sooooooo I wrote Warner Music Group’s London office for permission to use Led Zeppelin lyrics in my forthcoming book Blue Rubber Pool . I thought they’d go along within for kicks and giggles. You see, my book comes out in 2018–same year as their 50th anniversary.  I thought they’d like the guerilla marketing aspect (a […]

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Wind From The Carolinas

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Robert Wilder’s Wind from the Carolinas is one of my favorite books for the beach or boat. It’s one of Jimmy Buffet’s favorite books too. I read every other year or so and have several copies including one that lapped me around the pool a few times. If you like historical fiction you’ll like this […]

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Books for the boat or the back roads

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I’m a book hound. Books fit my life the way sailing, sunning, beaches, hammocks and machine guns do. After moving to the boonies and getting more or less settled at Pineapple Hill, I’ve been on a “books for the boat, books for the beach” book buying binge. By that I mean grabbing up five, sometimes […]

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Beautiful Swimmer

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It was happening again, wonderfully. The Transition. The Moment Of The Crossing Over.  From One World Into Another. Traversing the spiritual bridge between land and sea is bewitching, is familiar and comfortable yet also new and exciting… so powerful. Man o Man what a home wrecker is the sea (an incredible blonde with dreamy eyes […]

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Sailboat for Sale

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Not mine but worthy of spreading the word. 1996 Custom Gaff Rigged Sloop $39000 Isles Of Palms, SC William Hand design, adapted and built by Mark Bayne (builder of Spirit of South Carolina) Construction is 1 1/4″ Juniper strip planking with 2 layers of fir veneer, covered with two layers of 10 oz. cloth in […]

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What Harley Riders Mean

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A friend/co-worker from long ago sent a message via LinkedIn asking “Whattaya up to now?” I tried explaining that, yes, I’m still a marketing consultant but have expanded from general marketing communications to also offer specialized work in strategic brand positioning (targeting, competitive analysis, value propositions and so on). And that I was still into […]

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The blackberry trellis (Voila!)

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We have lots of blackberries growing wild on Pineapple Hill along the bottom pasture fence line and in a thicket concealing the ravine out by the road in front of our house. The ones along the pasture don’t get very big but are easy to pick. The ones in the thicket get plump as thumbs […]

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On Wine.

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I’m not a wine connoisseur but I think its fun to stand at the tasting counter at wineries near Spartanburg listening my fellow tasters describe wines as “nutty”, or “vanilla-y” or “crisp with hints of chocolate or walnut.” When it’s my turn, I’ll say something like “Oreo cookie dunked in apple juice followed by a […]

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Coffee Confession #981

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If I could go back in time to put my arm around Marilyn Monroe while she sipped Irish coffee, I would, and enjoy every nanosecond ’til the cops arrived. Let’s call this Coffee Confession # 981. Not unlike the drinking game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, connecting the dots between coffee, writers, sailors, beachcombers doesn’t […]

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First Post

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My life hasn’t always been pretty but, lucky for me, has been filled with pretty things:  beaches, boats, girlfriends, wives, children, perfect waves, amazing storms, cocktails with tiny umbrellas in them, words written by thoughtful people with incredible hearts and minds. I like so many things of the world but find it hard to fit […]

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