Finding the Ocean

“Water seeks its own level. Look at them. The Tigris, the Euphrates, the Mississippi, the Amazon, the Yangtze. The world’s great rivers. And every one of them finds its way to the ocean.”  Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea   I found my way to the ocean, just as Vikings did many centuries ago. …

Going on an Adventure

“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone. I should think so – in these parts!  We are plain, quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things!  Make you late for dinner.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit There are many…

Crossing the Delaware

“Washington’s task was to transform the improbable into the inevitable.”  Joseph J. Ellis, His Excellency: George Washington George Washington once said, “The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.”  Christmas 1776, while others gathered around the hearth to…

To the River Charles

Today, I came across a poem by one of my favourite poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, that spoke of his feelings for the Charles River, which is located in the state of Massachusetts. From its source in Hopkinton, it flows 129 kilometres through cities and towns in the eastern part of the state until reaching the…