Hot Hamburg(ers) on the 4th of July! Driftwood, Strangers, Oceanography, and a Very Old Message in a Bottle

August 25, 2015 § 11 Comments

Imagine you are marching in heat of about 100F, and the sun is intense–no clouds to protect you; imagine you are in a city, with the sun bouncing up off the pavement, and high humidity. You sweat uncontrollably for hours. Ok–now you are with me in Hamburg, Germany on July 4th, 2015. But how did we get here?
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Meeting Sabine: Soap, Ruins, Adventure

August 12, 2015 § 8 Comments

July 1st, 2015 I found myself on a Germanwings flight from London to Dusseldorf. I had just flown from Chicago to London the night before on a flight I shared with a former student from 4 or 5 years before–Crazy! It felt like leaving the states was like going through a portal—here on the other side, in Europe, anything was possible.
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Searching for Sabine

August 7, 2015 § 6 Comments

May 21st 2011 was a great day. I got to do some beachcombing with my awesome mom, and I found this message in a bottle!

Sabine 4
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A Familiar Face Appears in the Crowd

July 18, 2015 § 1 Comment

As I write this, I sit in Heathrow airport in London, having just arrived from Chicago (this will be posted later). I’m on the first leg of a journey to meet the senders of messages in bottles, and hopefully to make new friends. I’m surrounded by strangers, and yet, I can’t shake the feeling that there must be invisible connections between us we are simply not aware of. Maybe someone near me has visited my hometown, or maybe they know one of my friends. Heck, I may actually know someone here!
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Late Blogging: It’s The New ‘Live Blogging’!

July 13, 2015 § 1 Comment

When I told friends and family about my plan to spend a few weeks traveling Europe to meet the senders of some of the messages in bottles I have found, some suggested I ‘live blog’ my adventures to keep folks updated on my progress.
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Everything in a Bottle (and Some Stuff That Isn’t)

July 7, 2015 § 1 Comment

I’ve often marveled at the variety of things that end up in bottles on the beach. I mean, the variety among the messages folks write is amazing in itself. But then, beyond that, there’s a lot of other…stuff…that people put into bottles, often for reasons unknown.

In truth, every bottle on the beach sends a message, doesn’t it? Sometimes, the message seems to be: “I was sent here by someone who doesn’t care about destroying fragile ecosystems!” Sometimes, the message is more like: “Oops! I was using this bottle when the wind kicked up and blew it into the sea.” Many bottles (and other objects) are spilled from ships during storms, or find their way into the ocean after having been dumped in a river. In any case, lying there in piles of thousands on the beach, the collective message is clear: this is not good.


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Learning

June 25, 2015 § 9 Comments

I have now been hunting messages in bottles for 8 years. That’s almost a third of my life. It’s no wonder this work has become such an important part of my identity.

Meditating on Messages in Bottles Identity
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