Although many Americans have fond childhood memories of the comical drawings in the Busytown books, I don’t think I saw a Richard Scarry illustration until fifteen years ago when my kids were old enough to appreciate them. At first I just thought the drawings were funny, but the more I read the books, the more I was convinced that Scarry was a highly creative artist.
I was a foolish young man in 1996. That’s when Tom Horton, published An Island Out of Time. A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake, a fascinating book that documents the time he and his family lived on a tiny island full of locals. Continue reading “Sea Reads: An Island Out of Time”
I wish I could tell you that the upcoming movie about a whale that destroys a ship was going to be great. And maybe it will be, as long as you haven’t read the book.
I penned an article for big boaters to consider the virtues of small boat camp-cruising on the Cascadia Marine Trail.
I also wrote my first article for Small Boats Monthly, a subscription-based, on-line journal from Woodenboat.
And there’s a funny story about building a boat in a basement that I had published in the last issue of Small Craft Advisor.
As for other people’s writing, there are several blogs about a life well considered that I recommend you check out: Sauvie Island Journal details observations from a houseboat and small boats right at the intersection of my two local rivers. Then there’s From Pine to Palm, which is all over the place, but has a boat undercurrent solidly grounding it. Last is Wayward Spark, about modern day, back-to-the-landers who seem to balance their iphones easily with beekeeping here in Oregon.
I’m constantly trying to find boat books that Tim hasn’t read. I recently gifted him one that I was certain would be new, but when I caught up with him a few weeks later he didn’t mention it. Continue reading “Sea Reads: The Plover”
I wonder if Harlan Hubbard knew the magical moment he captured when he wrote his detailed, tender story of drifting down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in the 1940’s? His journey was on a simple, self-made, flat-bottomed boat. Hubbard’s book is a bit wordy for my taste, but it conveys the elegant simplicity with which he lived. In that spirit, I present a haiku book summary:
Hubbard drifts with ease,
Makes art, gathers wild food,
Befriends most, lives small.