Perching in Grand Style

December 7th, 2017


I have always described myself as a percher. I am happy alighting on a branch and enjoying it for a while, then moving on. I remember as a child how these lines from Victor Hugo lodged in my soul:

Be like a bird, who, halting in its flight,

On limb so slight,

Feels it give way beneath him,

Yet sings,

Knowing he hath wings.

Sometimes my perch is not anything external, but a peace I have had to struggle mightily to find deep inside , and sometimes life  provides a landing pad  with runway lights and a restaurant that’s  open.

This ability to be okay anywhere has led me to take some big leaps in my life and I have come to another. In 2017, I was away cruising so often that I found myself feeling that, much as I love the little nest I have made in San Diego, it was empty a crazy amount  of the time.

I figured I could do one of two things. I could cruise less, or I could cruise enough more that I wouldn’t need more than temporary places to perch between stays onboard.

Guess what I chose?

Now that a sufficient number of my Silversea and Seabourn cruise assignments have been secured, I can announce that as of the middle of March 2018, I am renting out my condo for a year ( panoramic view of San Diego, one block from Balboa Park—interested?) and hopping from ship to ship with a little bit of time here and there in between to explore beyond port destinations.  These gigs through 2018 are on the calendar here, and the 2019 ones will be up shortly.

So now, I move to the edge of the branch, look around, and prepare to jump  I hope you’ll follow my posts on this big adventure







Practicing Gratitude

November 23rd, 2017

Today is Thanksgiving, and as I write, I am thinking about my blessings.  I want to put front and center anyone who reads this post. Thank you for being part of my life and for caring enough to pay a visit!  Gratitude for every blessing every day, and realizing how myriad they are, is the biggest life enhancer—and extender— any of us can hope for.  May we all come to next Thanksgiving with awareness of how much more richness this upcoming year has brought.

North to Alaska

November 9th, 2017

I am very excited about my first ever Alaska assignments as a cruise lecturer!  I will be doing back-to-back cruises next August on Seabourn Sojourn,  one from Vancouver to Seward (port for Anchorage) leaving on August 6, 2018, and returning to Vancouver from Seward, beginning August 17.

Wow!  What a learning curve, preparing talks on amazing people like John Muir and Jack London, and one on Gold Rush women. I’m also fulfilling a desire I have had for a few years to do a talk on the search for the Northwest Passage. And of course several of the most interesting and colorful indigenous cultures are in Alaska. And the Russians, and…and…..

Take a  few deep breaths, Laurel. You have time—

—Not. I am so loaded up in 2018 and early 2019 already that I need to get ready for next August now. Happy as a clam ( or maybe a king crab?) with this great new project. Actually I think I am probably a lot happier than mollusks and crustaceans. Hope you are too!