12 great quotes about time as the old year winds down

12 great quotes about time as the old year winds down

The end of 2019 is more than a fortnight away. But as the old saying goes, time and tide wait for no man. So I thought I would try to get ahead of the sweeping tide (impossible as that may seem) and share some quotations about time. I trust that these will serve as food for thought and a source of inspiration for all ye readers of Marine Café Blog.

Quid Pro Quo: a look at the Filipino maritime version

Quid Pro Quo: a look at the Filipino maritime version

Frankly speaking, I am amused at how much attention the Latin phrase “quid pro quo” has been receiving of late in the US political scene. The expression can be traced back to the 16th century. It literally means “something for something”. In some cases, those who engage in quid pro quo could cross a legal red line as when a boss promises an employee a pay raise in exchange for sex. But what person — or nation — has not been guilty of the practice at one time or another?

Calm seas in art: 7 seascapes to soothe the spirit

Calm seas in art: 7 seascapes to soothe the spirit

There are those — the Type A personalities usually— who cannot be satisfied with tranquility. They need and crave for action. Some even thrive in conflict. But surely, most humans long for some moment of peace and calmness. The following works of art, I hope, will soothe the spirit of those who seek such moments.

When beautiful beaches are made ugly by war

When beautiful beaches are made ugly by war

The beach held a strong attraction for the French Impressionist painter, Claude Monet. In 1868 he wrote to his friend Frédéric Bazille from Étretat, a coastal town in northern France: “I pass my time in the open air on the beach when it is really heavy weather or when the boats go out fishing…” Beaches in times of war are something else, however.

Scottish old salt plays songs of the sea with his camera

Scottish old salt plays songs of the sea with his camera

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; ~ John Masefield, ‘Sea Fever’ Like the speaker in John Masefield's famous poem, Eugene Rutter (pictured above) has found the “call of the running...

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