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Sea of Faith: Prayers for Mariners by Barista Uno

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Restarting and refocusing Marine Café Blog

Restarting and refocusing Marine Café Blog

No, I am not about to lay up the ship. Although maintaining it entails time and money, I am determined to keep the blog going. The words of John Steinbeck, the distinguished American author and winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, emboldens me. “The writer,” said he, “must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.“

Reflections on the tides of life and the sea

Reflections on the tides of life and the sea

Last November, I was forced to take a leave from writing and other normal activities after I accidentally twisted my left foot. It came like a sudden squall. The shooting pain in my big toe was soon followed by inflammation around the ankle and numbness on the sole of the foot. I wanted to cry out and curse my fate. But then I remembered what Captain MacWhirr, the chief protagonist in Joseph Conrad‘s 1902 novella Typhoon, said to a young seaman…

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