Maya Angelou

As Mum and I were wrapping up our twice-weekly phone call today, she said “I’d better let you get back to your wavebashing.” Good word, I thought, picturing it as an active verb, like spud-bashing (aka peeling potatoes). It seemed an accurate description of the way I bash and splash my way through the waves in rough conditions.

However, after a few more hours of wavebashing, I have decided it is most definitely something the waves do to me, rather than something I do to them. The wind is blowing about 30 knots and the waves have been brutal. I feel like I’ve been in the boxing ring rather than a rowing boat. Well and truly wavebashed, in fact.

And the bashing continues, so I’m going to go and get safely horizontal and strapped in.

Quote for the day – an extra-long one as my blog is so short:

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I don’t know the source of this one. A guess – is it Maya Angelou?

Sponsored Miles: Thanks to Jonathan Whitfeld, Bonnie Sterngold, Tom Grimmett and Patricia Paul. Also to Megan Lutz and an anonymous donor who sponsored miles beyond the number for Roz’s proposed destination – not as far as India.


  • Maya Angalou indeed …

    Row smashingly, Roz!

  • Sometimes you have to breech the surface and chance another belly flop splash.
    Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway. Get off your horse and drink your *(Soy)* milk. 
    If you’ve got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow. 
    Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight, very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.
    All quotes from John Wayne (the other kind of dude with the eye-patch)

    Here is a Nature Episode from Yosemite Rangers about seeing moonbows. Enjoy, Pilgrims 🙂 keep sending those good vibes!

    Yosemite Nature Notes – Episode 15 – Moonbows

    Row Roz Row

    Life is like learning to ride a unicycle. It is not where you are going. It is learning to enjoy the imbalance until you get there.

  • Ms Savage you should know that quote as it ends each of my podcasts…..and Maya is an inspiration to one and all.

    Been listening and reading as normal…and getting quite excited as it sounds as though the shore is not TOO far away in relative terms! This journey seems to have been an incredible test…I know even as a spectator I have been more nervous for you.

    Safe waves little lady….ordered the grapes…will start trampling on them soon for you!

  • Row, Rocky, Row!  Eat, Pray, Bash!

    Although right now you don’t have any (human) company around.. here’s my screensaver quote for you: ”

    Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some
    kind of battle” (T.H. Thompson and John
    Watson – originally Plato:

    “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”)  Thinking of you!

  • Hi Roz, We just found out that you are one step closer to being famous and influential. My daughter sent an email discussing their latest trip to the Oregon coast and the fact that they were playing the game “Balderdash”. You draw a card that has a word on it and it has the definition, the person who guesses the description wins points. The new version they have has obscure movie titles and you have to guess the plot or they have people’s names that many may not recognize and what they have done.

    On the card she drew it had Rozalind Savage. The correct answer is, “She rowed across the Atlantic Ocean”.

    How cool is that? Marilyn and I follow you every single day even though we don’t comment all that often. Every time we sit by the campfire in our back yard we think about you and how quite often during this ocean crossing you’d rather be there than being knocked down.

    Keep up your great message and keep stroking, we’re pulling for you.

  • Unca Doug, you beat me to it. That quote reminded me of Dorothy Allison’s book, “Two Or Three Things I Know for Sure,” which we have kept extra copies of just to give away.

    “Two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is that if we are not beautiful to each other, we cannot know beauty in any form.” 
    — Dorothy Allison

    • Sometimes, you have to get up before breakfast to get the jump on me … other times, odds are in your favor until after my first couple cups of coffee, preferably cappuccino … btw, nice avatar … what types sorts of  foul and fauna do you keep so far?

  • Keep bashing Roz. … Just got back from having bits cut off my arm. Just the usual Australian skin cancers. I grew up out west before sunscreen was fashionable and remember peeling skin was the norm for myself and my friends. Damage back then … pay for it now.
    Soooo hope you have plenty of protection on that little pink English body of yours 😉
    Cheers Jim Bell (NSW Australia)

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