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I have been involved with the sea all my life, but an equal part of me has been involved with metaphysics, described in the dictionary as ‘beyond the normal.’ To most people, this means ghosts and spirits.
It started with my being on a bus which was blown up in London, England during the second world war, where thirty of my schoolmates were killed instantly. I have taught on the subject for many years in England, Canada and the States, and it has been a happy and satisfying part of my life. Spirits make their appearance at the most surprising times – in hotel rooms or while driving a car or sailing a boat. Sometime when I have been quietly fishing on a secluded riverbank, my mind totally lost in my surroundings, I have been aware of a presence, seen a figure or heard a voice – these are constant companions.
When my parents bought a hotel in the south of England after the war, I was ecstatic! I never wanted to be anywhere but by or on the sea, and for most of my life this has been the case. Today, following a lifetime of ocean adventures in various parts of the world, I live quietly with my partner, Jassandra in Victoria, BC, close to necessary medical facilities but with the Pacific on three sides.
Writing is a major occupation these days, and it is wonderful to have my first book, All At Sea, published. The next one? In all probability it will have something to do with metaphysics!