The Perils of the Sea: Thoughts on Deep Water

Isolation heightens our self awareness. Is it what we lack or what we bring with us that frightens us most? Can you imagine sailing completely around the world alone without ever once putting into port? In 1968, nine men tried. That year the Sunday Times of London sponsored the first ever solo, nonstop, around the world boat race. … Continue reading The Perils of the Sea: Thoughts on Deep Water

The Outsider as a Mirror: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Outsiders inspire fear and enchantment. What does our reaction to those who are different say about us and our beliefs? Literature and film contain shining examples of outsiders, but I doubt there are many stories in either medium that contain as many outsiders as John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. The most genuine and endearing … Continue reading The Outsider as a Mirror: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Visible and Invisible Chains: Toni Morrison’s Beloved

How do people survive horrible experiences? In Beloved, Toni Morrison gives an illustration of resilience and how fragile it is. When good hearted Paul D. appears on Sethe's porch one day in 1873 neither has any idea how his arrival will shake their lives and their Ohio community. It isn't that he carries a secret. It is … Continue reading Visible and Invisible Chains: Toni Morrison’s Beloved