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28 December 2015 - 01:56 AM


And here is another one (without the music):


"Parable of Immortality" by Henry Van Dyke



I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze 
and starts for the blue ocean. 
She is an object of beauty and strength, 
and I stand and watch until at last she hangs 
like a speck of white cloud 
just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. 
Then someone at my side says, 
" There she goes! " 
Gone where? 
Gone from my sight . . . that is all. 
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar 
as she was when she left my side 
and just as able to bear her load of living freight 
to the place of destination. 
Her diminished size is in me, not in her. 
And just at the moment 
when someone at my side says, 
" There she goes! " 
there are other eyes watching her coming . . . 
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout . . . 
" Here she comes! "

In Topic: Jon Eisberg

28 December 2015 - 12:45 AM

I haven't posted here in a long time -- too caught up in work and life and stuff. But this awful news brought me back.


Jon and I go back to the mid-90s and the Cruising World forum and more recently we both hung out here. We only met in person a few times, most recently in September while he was up for a delivery. I'll treasure that evening forever. 


I still remember how Jon had my back in those volleys with tillerman/dan taylor/doublereef. But beyond those stupid petty shit storms, one thing was for certain: Jon was the real deal, He lived life on his own terms and packed a tremendous amount of adventure into his too short time on this earth. He was always willing to share his wisdom and experience with others, and did so in his own humble way. He touched many lives and inspired many people, even those who never got to meet him in person.


I'm still trying to process all of this; I can't imagine what those who were really close to him are going through right now. My thoughts are with them.