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Unread postPosted: February 13, 2018, 10:52 am 
Agreed Bookworm, and I plan on contacting my Congressman.

For anyone not sure who their Congressman is, here's a helpful tool: https://www.house.gov/representatives/f . esentative


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Unread postPosted: February 13, 2018, 9:22 am 
I am very alarmed to read the story on today's news page, regarding a proposed cut on Great Lakes Funding: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/ . /329654002
Politics aside, a decision of that magnitude needs to be informed and the ones making it should -- in this case -- make an effort to investigate/experience it first hand.
I believe those proposing such cuts should make a trip to visit some of the major ports and the Soo Locks. Further, they need full awareness of the successful revitalization of the rivers (specifically the Rouge, St. Clair, St. Marys & Cuyahoga) from polluted "dead-zones to vibrant fish-spawning and fishing grounds. A correlation between those factors and the region's economy need to be considered before making any decision.
For our part, we need to contact our representatives in DC, and make our voices heard!


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Unread postPosted: December 25, 2017, 6:47 pm 
Christmas Dinner at Bookworm's was simple, but filling. Courses 1 & 2 are pictured, but there were side dishes and ginger ale, as well.
A young couple from Arkansas (where it was slightly warmer today) were my guests so the focus was on making them feel at home in this frigid land, far from family and friends.
After dinner, we played a game of SCRABBLE -- new to them but which they want to buy ASAP.
They've already been drawn to the lake and spend hours there (in their vehicles) mesmerized by the ever changing sky, clouds, water, and ice formations. They've spotted a few passing freighters so I gave them the imperative sites for following/tracking ships and finding related information.


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Unread postPosted: December 24, 2017, 4:16 pm 
Tomorrow, Christmas Day, marks the last time I saw my favorite, Lee A. Tregurtha on the St. Clair River. A friend and I were going out to eat and followed her from Marysville to Port Huron. As she approached, on that wide curve, I was hoping for a salute but she swept silently past. Her bow and most of the mid-section had already cleared the Bluewater Bridges so I was about to turn around and go back to the car. At that point I was startled by a deep, throaty sound and stood, suspended in the moment, as I watched her glide onto Lake Huron, leaving me with a great "memory gift" I unpack and enjoy from time to time.
Bet some of you have special memories connected with your favorite ships, too.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!


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Unread postPosted: December 17, 2017, 8:00 am 
As you'll soon see, today is a "Moody Blues" day for me. (So glad those chaps will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in April).
The waters of Lake Huron,
Grey beneath the winter sky,
Bring shards of ice with every wave that breaks against the shore.
The winds are calm and peaceful,
Cries of gulls rain from above,
I scan the vast horizon but no vessels are in sight.
(Sing with me now!): "I know you're out there somewhere, somewhere, somewhere, I know you're out there somewhere.."
Yep, with the improved weather, they'll be going up and down the lake on the "Freighter Freeway" now, hopefully making good time in the last few weeks of the shipping season.
Go safe and enjoy your day!


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Unread postPosted: December 11, 2017, 10:14 am 
As I've gotten older, it seems the younger generation (from government to commerce), makes changes – apparently without thinking any further ahead than a perceived bottom-dollar benefit or giving advanced warning of how it might/will affect our lives– and then expects us to adjust as though it was a perfectly normal change, and for the better.
Recently I discovered the policy of a chain store where I bought my last wrist watch has changed. They no longer replace the batteries (which one must purchase, naturally), for their customers. Really?? To have it done, I drove 15 miles to a competitive big box store, but added other errands to the trip so it turned out OK.
On days like that I can identify with the old Broadway show title, “Stop the World, I want to get off!”
It seems too many changes are happening way too fast, and not exactly to my liking!
None are life-altering, but they interfere with an essential calm flow of day-to-day life. I can accept a foot of snow in winter as normal; or an unexpected, but important phone call just as I'm about to walk out the door, but when it gobbles chunks of my time to look through old receipts/statements and make copies to send to whomever suddenly needs "proof" from something years ago..
Since I can't change things back, and dwelling on or fuming about the situation does absolutely no good, I turn to the antics going on outside my window to watch 8-10 squirrels racing about in circles or chasing each other up-and-down the tall pines. I delight in the relays of the jays and tufted titmouse visitors to my balcony bird feeder. For the many irritating things we must deal with in life, often a little laughter goes a long way to improve one's mood.


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Unread postPosted: December 7, 2017, 7:39 pm 
If I won the lottery I would call for a relief off my ship, drive to the company office and drop my drawers so the company president could kiss my posterior!! The only water I would go in after that day would be in my swimming pool!! This is just a job and unlike 20-25 years ago it is no longer much fun! :([/quote]

Being an ex-sailor, I can appreciate some of your sentiments. But, If I was you, I'd be thankful I had a job. Many folks don't have a steady job or a job at all. And about that lottery win.. good luck with that! Happy Holiday's everyone!!


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Unread postPosted: December 7, 2017, 11:25 am 
Awoke this morning to a dusting of snow on rooftops, vehicles, and walkways. Great Lakes weather forecasts include lake effect snow watches in some areas. One of the vessels passing the Dossin cam had snow on her hatches.
Despite this being December with several early lay-ups noted on Boatnerd, it hadn't sunk in. (Without seeing those snowy hatches, I have to wonder how long it would have taken me to realize that?) Seems incredible but there are only a few weeks left until the end of the shipping season. I'm sure the mariners are more than ready for the break and a return to their families and friends. To them I say, go safe and thanks for indulging us who are drawn to boat watching in its many forms.


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Unread postPosted: December 5, 2017, 8:06 pm 
Bookworm wrote:
Have you ever entertained thoughts of how much better things would be if you won a million dollars? You'd likely be “over the moon” with excitement and you'd discover almost immediately you have friends, neighbors, and family you hadn't even heard of – until they heard about your incredible luck.
Now imagine you're zipping along on an Interstate Highway and, with no forewarning, find yourself in thick fog. Would you breathe sigh of relief that you have all that money, or a prayer for help to get you safely through?
Say a family member, serving abroad in the military, has not been heard from in weeks. Then comes a knock on your door and when you open it, there they stand, grinning from ear-to-ear for pulling off a surprise homecoming. Would you trade the joy you feel for any of your winnings?
Out on the Great Lakes a major storm is brewing. Weather forecasts look dire. Your captain consults his charts and makes repeated calculations to determine whether he can get the ship and crew safely to the next destination or whether he should go to anchor until the storm passes. Which would bring you inner peace, having millions in the bank or the captain's wisdom in making a good decision?
We live and learn, and it's a fact that you can't miss what you've never had. Conversely, often one of life's greatest regrets is trading peace, hope, and joy to chase after an illusion of what might be -- but what seldom becomes reality.
Treasure the gifts of hope, joy, inner peace, and love and, if you win a lottery, Congratulations!


If I won the lottery I would call for a relief off my ship, drive to the company office and drop my drawers so the company president could kiss my posterior!! The only water I would go in after that day would be in my swimming pool!! This is just a job and unlike 20-25 years ago it is no longer much fun! :(


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Unread postPosted: December 5, 2017, 1:06 pm 
Eons ago (OK, it was only a few decades) when the little girl inside me and I were the same age, the original Highlights for Children magazine had a regular feature, “Goofus and Gallant,” about two boys, totally opposite in their outlook and character.
This morning those two came back to life when I awoke to discover we had no power, due to relentless high winds.
Goofus: “Oh, great! No computer. No TV. No stove. No microwave. No telephone (yes, I still rely on landline service). No heat. No...I wonder how long it's been off?..no refrigerator.
Gallant: But the sun is out. I can read some of the Christmas books on the shelf. There's plenty to eat. Thankfully, I never developed a taste for coffee (although the British in me does relish an occasional cup of tea). Surely ship traffic isn't moving yet, so checking AIS can wait. And, I can use my “emergency” TracFone to call out, if needed.
Suddenly, two sizable pine branches fell with a “snap, crack,” and at that moment I felt extremely grateful for the utility workers, out in the high winds, trying to restore power to our community.


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Unread postPosted: December 3, 2017, 5:31 pm 
Have you ever entertained thoughts of how much better things would be if you won a million dollars? You'd likely be “over the moon” with excitement and you'd discover almost immediately you have friends, neighbors, and family you hadn't even heard of – until they heard about your incredible luck.
Now imagine you're zipping along on an Interstate Highway and, with no forewarning, find yourself in thick fog. Would you breathe sigh of relief that you have all that money, or a prayer for help to get you safely through?
Say a family member, serving abroad in the military, has not been heard from in weeks. Then comes a knock on your door and when you open it, there they stand, grinning from ear-to-ear for pulling off a surprise homecoming. Would you trade the joy you feel for any of your winnings?
Out on the Great Lakes a major storm is brewing. Weather forecasts look dire. Your captain consults his charts and makes repeated calculations to determine whether he can get the ship and crew safely to the next destination or whether he should go to anchor until the storm passes. Which would bring you inner peace, having millions in the bank or the captain's wisdom in making a good decision?
We live and learn, and it's a fact that you can't miss what you've never had. Conversely, often one of life's greatest regrets is trading peace, hope, and joy to chase after an illusion of what might be -- but what seldom becomes reality.
Treasure the gifts of hope, joy, inner peace, and love and, if you win a lottery, Congratulations!


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Unread postPosted: December 2, 2017, 1:08 am 

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Amen to That!


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Unread postPosted: December 1, 2017, 9:11 pm 
Some years ago, I revisited a town I'd lived in years before, to try and make peace with the negative memories associated there.
After arriving, I learned that someone I'd watched mature from teen to young adult had taken their life. I was devastated! That decisive action, apparently from unresolved deep inner pain, was so out of character from what I thought I knew about them. It ended the life of a very creative, intelligent, friendly, compassionate, and sometimes mischievous soul – someone I had learned to love deeply. I was told that even their life-long friends were shocked when they heard the news.
These years later, I've never forgotten that person, and try to be more sensitive of people around me who are struggling and might need someone to listen, to walk with them through their dark days, or just sit silently beside them.
Especially during the Holiday Season, loneliness and depression can be overwhelming for many. A card, phone call, visit, or gift of food or something they enjoy – anything to let them know they are not forgotten and someone cares about them – may be all it takes to bring fresh joy and delight to their life.


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Unread postPosted: November 29, 2017, 10:49 am 
Recently I wore my Lee A. Tregurtha crew jacket to the post office.
A man who appeared to have been a WWII veteran approached me and asked, "Were you in the Navy?"
"No," I answered with a smile, "but this ship was." I gave him a brief history, focusing on her battle ribbons and stars, and the fact she is still active, as a Great Lakes freighter. I hope to see him again, to ask him for his story of that period in our military history.


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Unread postPosted: November 26, 2017, 11:42 pm 
To my delight, AIS showed a "3-fer" night off my vantage point, but I saw only two. The lighted form of the one in the lead looked more festive than my 4' Christmas tree but the other, following at a distance, was about as bright as a star overspread by thin cloud-cover! Never spotted ship #3 which, apparently, was too far out. Now I see another vessel is down-bound, but, she'll have to pass without me in her audience. To all ships and their crews, Go Safe!


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