A week ago, as I drove around the island doing errands but stopping long enough for a short stint at the beach, I sent a text to a friend. It said, "it's a beautiful day to be alive." I had been stressed about uncertain details in my life, like moving, money, responsibilities and employment. The scenery that met my eyes and delighted my senses, lifted my spirits, and reminded me of the beauty of this life and this island.
Later that evening, I witnessed the horror of one human taking the life of another.
There is much talk that flies around on a small island such as this one, accusations, rumors, fear, anger but also support and love. I have lived on St. Croix for 15 years this week and I love my island just as much as ever. When crimes have happened, I have refused to run away or cower in fear. Each time it hits a little closer to home, I have remained, and still, that has not changed. The last week has been a tempest of emotions, but I have chosen to direct my focus t…
This photo has been circulated on the internet as of late. While the origin of the photo is not known (and not easily found) the artwork is a 1911 painting of dancer, Anna Pavlova, by artist John Lavery.
Biggs and I found a message in a bottle while walking Coakley beach with Cucciolo this morning:
"One life. One man. Be happy. Realize your dreams!"
Kairos I sailing boat. December 2014.
17*01.98 N 41*12.02 W
Plugged the coordinates into Google maps and came up with the location - the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It appears the sailor is from Russia and we even found his Facebook page.
Of course this wasn't my first encounter with a message in a bottle, having found one on the north shore of St. Croix in 1997 or so. That one was written in French and was tossed overboard by a French family sailing the Caribbean. I wrote to them in French and sent some photos along, they responded to my letter and sent some photos back! I remember some drawings done by their daughter that had been included in the original bottle. I guess I must be pretty darn lucky to have found 2 messages in bottles washed ashore in my lifetime!