Significant Paper

Generally, I am a paperless person. Being a global nomad, paper is heavy and impractical. I have found many ways to avoid paper – making notes on my iPhone, taking photos of documents and leaflets rather than taking them with me, and of course the awesome Cardscanner iPhone app to reduce the clutter of business cards. But once in a while, some worthwhile bits of … Continued

Fast Living

The return of Philosophy Phridays…. I was surprised and enlightened by the response to my off-the-cuff comments about the pace of life and the ubiquity of social media. I seem to have struck a chord. If so many of us want to slow down, why are we all still going so fast? A large part of the reason, surely, has to be the peer pressure … Continued

A Quick Lunch With Slow Food Advocates

One of the most formative books I listened to this summer while at sea was The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. And one of my favourite poets is Michael Ondaatje, who also wrote The English Patient. So what could possibly be better than being invited to attend a small, select lunch with Dr Aenor Sawyer (my esteemed expedition medic), Michael Ondaatje, Kitchen Sister Davia Nelson, and … Continued

Thoughts on Returning from the Ocean

Hello again! I am so happy to be back in the land of the blogging. We had a technical problem with WordPress, coupled with an insane couple of weeks since I returned to the US, with the net result that I have felt utterly bereft of blogability since my last posting. But thanks to Nick Jaffe, my ever-intrepid webmaster, it seems that we have overcome … Continued

Goodbye Mauritius, Hello LA

Barely a week after I arrived in Mauritius, it was time to hit the road again. Places to go, people to see, but it was with a heavy heart that I bade farewell to this beautiful island. I have met many wonderful people here – with special thanks to Michel and Anne Bourgeois at 20 Degrees South, Pipo at the Grand Baie Yacht Club, Jean-Edgar … Continued