Today (July 1) is the birthday of a dear friend of mine, Dr Aenor Sawyer – also my expedition medic, veteran of the 2008 Sedna salvage mission, and healthy bones advocate. So this gives me an excuse to plug two new ventures, one hers and one mine.
First, Dr Aenor’s venture. Dr Aenor is passionate about bone health the
way I am passionate about the environment. I still have one of her “Make
It Or Break It” bone-shaped stickers in my boat’s cabin. She is starting
a skeletal health program at UCSF, in a multi-disciplinary way for all
In the book I was listening to a few days ago, “Don’t Eat This Book”, it
mentioned that youngsters used to drink more milk than soda. But now it
is the other way around. Milk (amongst other things) makes for healthy
bones. Soda doesn’t. In fact, I think I am right in saying that soda
reduces the ability of the body to absorb calcium, but feel free to
correct me if I’m wrong. So the world needs Dr Aenor’s program, and
others like it, if the next generation isn’t going to suffer from
osteoporosis as well as obesity, diabetes, ADHD, and the other evil
side-effects of a “modern” diet.
Oh, and by the way, we’re lucky Aenor is around to do this. She very
nearly died of cancer, and then metastatic cancer. But either life
wasn’t ready to let her go, or she wasn’t ready to let go of life. Or both.
Second, my venture. Well, not really a venture, more of a book, and a
future, currently-non-existent book at that. I just thought you’d like
to know that I spent a chunk of last winter writing a book about my
Pacific crossing, particularly focusing on the environmental stories
that I encountered en route – plastic pollution and the JUNK Raft, sea
level rise and the effect on small island nations (like Kiribati), and
my walk from Big Ben to Brussels for the COP15 UN climate change
conference. I’ll be doing some revisions to the draft when I get back to
dry land, and I hope to have the book out next spring, although no
definite book deal as yet. My literary agent is working on it.
The book also features Dr Aenor and a couple of other friends in the 2007 tale of how we salvaged my boat, left abandoned and drifting a hundred miles off the California coast when I was unwillingly airlifted by the US Coast Guard after twenty foot waves had capsized my boat 3 times in 24 hours. I’d met Aenor for the first time only a few weeks before I’d set out on the voyage, but in my time of need she offered to come help in the mission to find my boat.
I hope my book makes it into print so you can read the full story – it
was one of those episodes that was immensely stressful at the time, but
makes a great salty sea story afterwards – drama, humour, romance (well,
the ending of one, actually), and a life-affirming tribute to the value
Thanks for everything, Aenor, good luck with the new program, and happy
Today was pretty productive. The wind is backing to where I want it, and
increasing in strength. The next few days will be a bit bouncy, but
should see me make a few good miles.
The electrical system gave me a momentary heart stoppage this afternoon,
but I disconnected everything and reconnected it, and we seem to be back
in business. For now.
I’d just like to say a quick thank you to the good folks at Wilderness
Family Naturals. The bountiful goodies you sent me continue to be
highlights in the day. Current favourite is the coconut cream in jars. I
quite happily eat it by the spoonful, just as it is. Deeelish!
Quote for today, sent to me by Mariya Gold: The Dalai Lama, when asked
what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he
sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money
to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future
that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not
live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to
die, and then dies having never really lived.”
Photos: Aenor the Bone Doctor, Aenor the Boat Spotter
Sponsored Miles: Grateful thanks for miles sponsored by: Megan Lutz, Stanley Miller, Sally Phillips, Rolando Cuadrado, Chris Ferreira, Wayne Batzer, Anny Wildy. Special thanks to Melinda Griffith for sponsoring miles in honour of Aenor Sawyer’s birthday today.