Ocean Hermit – sailing, solitude and stories

My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.

* While the door’s still ajar – words from a wannabe hermit

I’m starting this blog as a way of thanking all those people who by sharing a little of themselves have given me great encouragement and direction in pursuing this way of life.  Perhaps sharing what I’m discovering along my own journey might serve other people.  That, at least, is my hope.

And I’m keeping it anonymous because this is not meant to be a “public” declaration.  It’s an unusual choice that I have come to gradually over a great many years. I believe it’s something best talked about, if at all, quietly with like-minded people only.  I’m quite accessible my email and welcome dialogue.

Why now? I realize that if I don’t start making deliberate choices towards being a hermit full-time, then my life will slip away without ever becoming what I have always known I should be doing.  I don’t know why and to think too much about only seems to confuse me. However, when I’m still and centred, I am drawn to the life of a hermit without question or qualm. I’ve spent enough time alone to know how challenging daily life can be once the distractions are turned off.

What to expect?  I’ll write the blog when I think there’s something worth sharing:

  • words from other people that may be helpful
  • resources on the internet
  • books I’ve found helpful
  • insights from the daily grind.

I am not a Christian, but tonight is the eve before Jesus was born – who went into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights before he began to preach.  There is much to be gained in all spiritual traditions.  So I anyone reading this the very best of this season and joyous 2010.


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This entry was posted on December 24, 2009 by in Hermits & Solitude, Solitude and tagged , .


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