Ship in University Glass in Black Frame

Heavily damaged, the ship known as Mi Vida was well on its way towards sinking. The Lifes and Loves on-board, all haunted of drowning, just like me or so I was thinking.  The sound of tired canvas ripping, slapped my mast like an old ragged curtain.  Its’ sting reminding me no course ever set in a gale, could ever truly, be thought to be certain.

Through the night, the pitched seas thundered on, but slowly spent I could feel Squall’s breath beginning to ease.  Exhaling, her fog began rolling back like an answer to a long night of my Soul on its’ knees.

And then, ever so slowly and out of the haze, a small light was spied peeking in from over the waves.  So far away and not all that clear, but there it was, showing a safe passage across waters boiling with Fear.

Next the night laid down, drawing back her black inky blanket, nudging the stars, each one to wake.  As they did, they looked down, new lights guiding my voyage still waiting to make.

Mean winds standing down, were replaced with warm breezes, now softly blowing.  My bearings newly restored by your Heart, always knowing. I marveled then, and I still do, in all that was old and how it’s stayed new. 

With years of new dawns having since come up since that day, what would have been missed had my life sunk in some watery grave off those cliffs?

You are my lighthouse, my captain and my very best friend.  I love you…I’ll be there to see you through to your end.  And when we’ve both passed, we’ll begin sailing home, my friend.  Because then, already there, we will get to do it, all over, again.


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28-years ago this week, I met the Love of my Life.  I am a very lucky man. 

Ku`uipo , Aloha Au Ia ‘Oe.







Lily Pulitzer

November 10, 1931 – April 7, 2013

(CNN) — Iconic fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau died Sunday in Palm Beach, Florida, surrounded by family, according to an announcement on her company’s official Facebook page. She was 81. “Lilly has been a true inspiration to us and we will miss her,” the statement said. “In the days and weeks ahead we will celebrate all that Lilly meant to us. Lilly was a true original who has brought together generations through her bright and happy mark on the world.” Her schoolmate Jacqueline Kennedy, while first lady, was photographed wearing one of Pulitzer’s dresses — and made her a star. The dress “was made from kitchen curtain material — and people went crazy,” Pulitzer said in her book, “Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining,” excerpted on her company’s website. “They took off like zingo. Everybody loved them, and I went into the dress business.”

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Margaret Thatcher

October 13, 1925 – April 8, 2013

Margaret Thatcher’s political career has been one of the most remarkable of modern times. Born in October 1925 at Grantham, a small market town in eastern England, she rose to become the first (and for two decades the only) woman to lead a major Western democracy. She won three successive General Elections and served as British Prime Minister for more than eleven years (1979-90), a record unmatched in the twentieth century.”

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Annette Funicello

June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013

Born on October 22, 1942, in Utica, New York, actress Annette Funicello gained early fame as a leading “Mouseketeer” on Walt Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club. She later starred in films like The Shaggy Dog and the Beach Party series with Frankie Avalon. Funicello became a spokesperson for Skippy peanut butter and was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, campaigning for increased awareness and research on the disease. She opened the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Disorders in 1993. Funicello died on April 8, 2013, at age 70.”

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Jonathan Harshman Winters III

November 11, 1925 – April 11, 2013

(NPR.ORG) “You can call anyone but Einstein a genius and start an argument.

Well, maybe Einstein or Jonathan Winters. The comedian, who died Friday at the age of 87, was immediately hailed by Steve Martin, Robin Williams and others as a genius.

He made hit comedy albums, was a regular on the old Tonight Show, memorably knocked down a gas station in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World and co-starred with and inspired Robin Williams.

But Winters was best known for creating a repertory company of characters that he carried around in his head. He told us how he built that cast after some advice from another performer at a club in New York:

Jonathan Winters Reflects On A Lifetime Of Laughs July 30, 2011

“You know, we did Cagney and we did Karloff and John Wayne — Duke Wayne, you know, and these guys. And an old man said to me, ‘You know, your routines that you’re doing, these impressions are great, Jonathan, but can you accept a little criticism?’ I said, ‘Sure. You’ve been here longer than I have, Jack. Let’s hear it.’

“And he said, ‘Problem is,’ he said, ‘you know the stars you’re doing, they’re stars. They’ve made it and they’ve made it big. And all you’re doing — right now you’re the shoeshine boy. You’re merely shining their shoes. And if you want to continue to do that, fine. Where are you from?’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m from Ohio originally. I grew up there.’

“He said, ‘Oh, start doing those characters that you grew up with.’ And that’s when I turned my whole thing around.”

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PHOTO CREDITS and ATTRIBUTIONS: ART DECO STAINED GLASS WINDOW VIKING SHIP: Art Deco style stained glass window of a stylized Viking Ship with full sails decorated in milk colored and textured panels circa 1920. –; 406_sail_ship: “Ship in Full Sail” by Darryl_Trezise (April ’06) :; Lily Pulitzer:,,20688988,00.html; Margaret Thatcher:; Annette Funicello:;  Jonathan Winters:


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About dan4kent

Born and raised in the Midwest, Dan lives in the Chicagoland area. With a grown son from a previous marriage, he has since built a committed relationship of 34 years with his partner Rick, the Love of his Life. Having written his whole life, he blogged the past 7-years because he has to write…he can’t help it. Know the feeling? There’s ‘good‘ to be found in all of it. “If all I do is leave someone (or something) better than I found them, then I’ve done my part. Thanks for letting me grace your screen, if only for a little while.”
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  1. paralaxvu says:

    Warm congrats on your celebratory anniversary! Although I was always kind of jealous of Annette, and, as a feminist, proud of Margaret, I’ll miss JW most of all.

    • dan4kent says:

      Thank you. Honored to share the milestone with you. While everything you said about Annette and Ms. Thatcher rings true, Winters really hit me. Who on the planet could do what he did with a stick or even just a look? Odd how people you never meet impact you more deeply than you know. See you on the trail. Dan

  2. purplemary54 says:

    ((Hugs)) Happy anniversary!

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