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Todd Townsend (Bubba the Pirate)
Wanderer, Buddhist, Writer; roughly in that order.
Wanderer, Buddhist, Writer; roughly in that order.
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Beer and a Scratch Off
One of my oft-told stories comes from my days having started a plastics manufacturing business in Florida. My business partner and I were off to a good start but had to walk away from our original financial backer and carry on with no money behind us. At on...

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A Day in the Life.
I have to admit that somehow I’ve wiggled myself into a good place. I am doing exactly what I want to be doing, I own the boat I have always wanted, and I’ve even fallen into an excellent job situation. Not just a good little company, but because Carroll Fu...

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Do You Need a Ride Somewhere?
It has happened before, I was in decent shape (for me) and then went back on the road to earn boat money. This was a means toward an end; an end where I was going to live in a very healthy, minimalist way. I got distracted by this future healthy lifestyle a...

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Ten Years Ago ...
Transmission on the engine Ten years ago, I quit my last “career” job. I had bought an old sailboat that I foolishly thought I could escape with by that fall. Three boats later, though it’s been frustrating, and more than occasionally painfully slow, the go...

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Indra's Net; the ultimate net neutrality
“Zen pretty much comes down to three things:  everything changes, everything’s connected, pay attention.”  Jane Hirshfield, poet, translator, Buddhist The myth of Indra’s Net is used to illustrate the Buddhist concepts of emptiness and dependent origination...

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Grunge Rock Hero to Homeless
I’m hitting the road hard lately; saving boat money. To that end, I am only home three or four days a month. If someone gave me a car, it wouldn’t be worth paying insurance or getting plates on it. Nevertheless, I still need to haul stuff around. My world i...

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Emma's Engine! Emma's Engine!!
I was in town for the delivery of Emma’s engine and had some time to kill. The anticipation had me up early anyway, so I hiked over to the boat with some tools I’d bought. The first order of business was the sloppy caulk all around the cockpit well. As I wa...

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Thunderous Rain Ovation
Way cleaner than my truck. A penny lay on the floor, in the sand and dust below the steering wheel. Two long sleeved shirts and a couple jackets hung over the passenger seat attesting to the varied weather of the last week or so. The cabinets and cubbies we...

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Slimy Ball Bearings on the way toward Enlightenment.
Just a few years ago, after more than fifteen years as a hard core atheist and scientific materialist , I was on the cusp of shedding the crusty shell I had been living in. After the long and winding road of my seeking, I was convinced that neither spiritua...

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Hack my news feed, please!
Indulge me to share some positive news from today. It will all make sense in just a bit. Today was an auspicious day. Just as many good days throughout history, it started like crap. Yesterday afternoon, I had a major flat tire on my cab which lead me to st...
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