Birthday Party

Apr 16th was Trish’s Birthday and someone threw a VERY nice party at “The Porthole.” Which is one of the two community buildings inside the marina. Here is a photo, courtesy of “South African Mike.”

Trish is center front, at the Y in Birthday. I am near the S.

Trish has been sailing all her life. She was (is?) a sailing Instructor and she has sailed from England to Finike by way of the Atlantic, Caribbean, Pacific, (where he boat sank out from under her in minutes and she spent about 10 hrs in her life raft), the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, etc.

She has been based in Finike for 10 yrs (I think).

If anyone would please help me with errors and omissions, that would be nice.


“Do you feel safe in Turkey?” Yes!

Have a look at these links: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<CRIME


“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
―but EXACTLY where did Dr. Seuss say that? I love it, but what is the real origin?

There is some small hope for Earth

Please look at this man’s real story at

He single handedly reclaimed 1,360 acres of barren land, to lush forest in 30 years.

Can someone please tell me the name of the movie, probably animated, from about 50 years ago of a very similar, probably imaginary story in Europe?

Answer: The Man Who Planted Trees. Based on a book by the same name by Jean Giono.

Here is a free copy

And here is the text

This story has always been without copyright. The intention was/is that it be freely distributed to help the EARTH and, just by accident, to help the humans that infect the Earth. See also:

It was long thought by many to be a true story, and if you scroll down the Wiki page to

Real-life counterparts

You will see that many have done just what was described in the book. The book is an allegory. But, sooooo very important.

In about early 2013, I read about the tropical jungle and the thick layer of rich black soil that they found, in the jungle, where there were ancient agricultural civilizations.

When we were in Central America, the present-day inhabitants often would slash and burn to clear the land. They were quite proud that with a machete and a box of matches they could take a large area of virginal, old-growth, ‘useless jungle’ and turn it into a nice cornfield. Or, pasture for raising low fat beef for McDonalds’ burgers.

One slight problem that they hadn’t quite worked out was that, for some reason this lush virginal, old-growth, useless jungle, had very thin topsoil. So, within a very few years nothing would grow in their newly made slash and burn field that was now, just red clay. But, no worries. They’d just make another one next door. Of course, the fish in the river, all died when it turned to chocolate milk from the top soil leaving.

A friend who had lived down there for many years, pointed out that unless the locals evolved into a creature that can live by eating red clay, that they need to get much smarter very soon, are there will be no food source within 1000 miles.

So, as I was saying, I think that science news ( had an article recently about the rich black soil found in the Amazon delta that the archaeologists, not having green thumbs, assumed was a natural feature of ancient forests. However, recently it has been pointed out that on the contrary, the Amazon delta is not usually very fertile as found. Even the seemingly virgin forest.

The incredibly rich black soil was man-made in ancient times where, as a rule, large ancient cities grew their food. Modern man does not know how to make the soil, but curiosity has got a lot of people trying to reinvent it. Sounds like they need to go to Oregon and talk to my friends at

LLyn is one of Janet many Wonderful Cousins.

I don’t remember which issue it was that I saw at, but I did a Google for

ancient rich soil was man made

And got lots of good hits.

To name but a few. It seems to my non-’green thumb’ mind that they are talking about exactly the same thing LLyn & Chris are, and I think anyone would enjoy wasting some time reading the articles.

Costa Rica has a huge percentage of its land devoted to national parks. Many of them are virgin tropical forest. In those virgin forests, our experience was that the streams ran crystal clear and beautiful. However, in the 70s many Costa Ricans tried to get rich off the fast food industry and its desire for lean beef. So they slashed and burned to make pasture to raise the beef, but the erosion was absolutely unbelievable. The rivers look like chocolate malts, where previously they look like the crystal clear water of a millionaire’s swimming pool. Anyway, you get the idea.

When we were there in the 1980s, there were lots of gringos down there trying to help. Unfortunately, most of them had no clue what they were doing either, and they would really screw up the ecology. This would devastate the local economy, but no sweat for the gringo. They would just go home and turn in their doctoral thesis about how bright they were. How much they help these poor ignorant tropical people. The group that we thought did the best job, would go in and harvest a few of the commercially valuable large, medium and small tropical trees for timber. Carefully leaving behind the trees that created various cash crops. This did not destroy the canopy, and so the rain was broken down and did not hit the ground directly. More light got through to the forest floor, but not too much. Since there was a very diverse cash crop selection, the resident earned money all year round from something or other. If there was some sort of catastrophe that affected one or two crops, he or she had many other crops to get money from to get through the dry spell. But they did not clear-cut. If this technology, which is clearly thousands of years old, can be reinvented, to make the soil more suitable, it would seem like a lifesaver for the indigenous people, and the planet as a whole. They probably need to keep certain trees to protect the soil from overheating and direct rain drops, which hit really hard.

I think one article mentioned that the ancient super soil, actually grew about a centimeter a year. Where the ‘modern technology’ clear cut land’s soil eroded away at a much faster rate, and a negative balance. And the ‘modern technology’ relies on expensive, petroleum based fertilizer, that often does not make truly healthy plants. Just big ones.

Google the Turkish city of Efes

When we were there, we were told that it became the Paris, New York, or London of its day, because it was located on a beautiful, protected, natural harbor that was perfectly situated for people sailing in the area, who needed to wait for seasonal winds to change.

The only problem was that there were no tree huggers around and they cut down the surrounding forests for fuel or timber or just because they could. And the erosion filled in the huge, beautiful, natural harbor. The ruins are now many miles from the nearest water. There are farms in the area where the harbor used to be. Unlike Rome which continued to be useful for thousands of years, the ruins at Efes, are locked at a snapshot in time thousands of years ago, when quite suddenly the harbor was no longer useful. The city died very quickly. Will the last one out please turn out the lights?

Clearly the work that Llyn & Chris and others have done demonstrate profound competency and should be encouraged and shared. But the big chemical and fertilizer industry can’t trap people into paying their life savings. Ditto patented seeds, and GMO. So, don’t expect much support from industry or government. It seems to me that the Internet is a wonderful way to disseminate extremely valuable ideas like this at very low cost, and very great benefit to the world. If you are in this field, keep up the good work.

I need to get back to work. But this was fun.


Give Equal Rights a chance

Pretty much all of you know, that I am all for equal rights in the literal and true since of the word. Many of you are way ahead of me on this.

Back in the 1960s, I was in Seattle, Washington, standing in the checkout line of a large store, and the cashier was an American Negro with dark skin. The idea that people should be required to hire someone of dark skin or other, seemingly arbitrary ‘qualification,’ over someone who actually knew how to do the job, but happened to be white, was a relatively new idea in America. And there was picketing going on outside the store, to require that they hire more people with dark skin.

I, and the people with me, were all white. The young woman looked out the window at the picketers, and then at us, and said, “This really upsets me. I got this job several years ago on my own merits, and I really resent that unqualified people believe that they should be ‘given’ a job just because of their skin color.”

I think I see both sides of the coin. But in America, especially back in those days, I agree that we needed some sort of way to get people of different color to mingle. It’s so much easier to hate someone, when you don’t know anything about them. And in those days, a lot of people were denied jobs. A lot of people of color, were more qualified than the white person hired. But for far too many the attitude was, “Well, I’m sure not going to hire a damn (insert pejorative here)!”

It doesn’t matter who was, or still is, on your hate list, Jews, Blacks, Irish, Italians, Baptists, Gays, Catholics, people that wear a turban, Down’s Syndrome, overweight people, we didn’t really play well with others. In my humble opinion, far too many of us still don’t. But, we’ve come a long way in my lifetime.

For example, in employment, my question would, “Can you do the job well?” Not what gender are you? Or what religion are you? Or what color is your skin? Or what country do you originally come from? Or do you prefer boys or girls? Or how much money do you have? And so on.

Actually, it is nice to know how much money your friends have. I’ve discovered over the years that having very rich friends can have advantages. <wink>

But, some very dear friends don’t have two nickels to rub together. And they are certainly still wonderful people. (In case the word ‘nickel’ is confusing to my non-American friends, it used to be a common coin worth 1/20 of a US dollar. It was made from the metal nickel, in the beginning. That was before the value of the US dollar got so low, that the scrap value of the metal used for common US coins, was more than the face value of the coin. So, they had to change to coins that were less expensive to manufacture.)

But anyway, a friend told me about this nice TED video, and below is a link to a text version. The Internet here in the Marina is not very good, so usually I prefer text to video, only because it is so much faster to download.

If you have spare time and a good Internet connection, have a look at this catalog of TED programs:

The weather in Finike has been very nice this winter, on average. Although, I think the farmers could have used a lot more rain. The snowcapped mountains that you can see from the marina, often had large bare spots, that I’ve never seen before during the winter months.

I really enjoy sunny weather, but I understand that life as we know it, does require a certain amount of water. I hope it all goes well.



A highly placed Turkish friend, just sent me this.

It is in Turkish AND English. Scroll down.

I agree with it completely, but Turkey censors the Internet and arrests reporters who PM Erdogan does not like. Generals go to jail on imaginary charges.

I want Turkey to prosper and be a safe and honest place. I REALLY like most Turks VERY much, but I am afraid to speak my thoughts for fear that some official might cause me trouble. Big Brother stuff.

I will probably not say much more in public, due to that fear. But, here is one FYI.

Good Times

On Saturday the 15th of March, I and about 100 other people from the Marina, attended a very nice birthday celebration and golden anniversary, for several people from French boats. There was free food and free booze, and so no surprise that a lot of people came.

Since I am never sure how much publicity any individual wants or does not want, I will not name them here. But, the golden anniversary couple, made a wonderful video that can be found here:

In case, in your culture, the term ‘golden anniversary,’ is unclear, it means 50 years of marriage. Not bad at all.

When Janet and I were traveling by boat through Louisiana in 1999, the locals all told us that we absolutely must go to a real Louisiana honky-tonk. When we were in Homa, Louisiana, and heard this suggestion for about the 12th time, we said, “Okay. Which one do you recommend?”

It certainly was a wonderful experience. There was a bar, that was pretty much like a bar or tavern, anywhere in the US, but there was also a large room with a live band and dancing, and a lot of picnic tables set up. When we entered, a person directed us to sit at a certain table, back in the corner, and so we did. They also asked us where we were from, since it was pretty obvious that we were not locals.

There were a lot of people there, but we had a great view of the dance floor, and during my time in Louisiana, I discovered that there are many kinds of Cajun music, and I generally like any of them. This was a zydeco band. I’ll let you Google that.

The dancing was extremely enthusiastic. By that I mean there was a lot of exertion. Most people must be in pretty good shape to survive more than a few minutes the way they were going.

Early on we discovered that one couple on the dance floor, was celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. And during the several hours that we were there, they danced every single dance. In other words continuously. There were no intermissions. And they were really active. Who needs an aerobics class or Zumba? This couple was in fantastic shape!

It was also interesting that at several of the tables there were families with small children. The ages in attendance were usually in the middle range. But, there were the small children on up to the elderly couple celebrating their 65th. It was a very family atmosphere. There were no drunks. There was no inappropriate behavior.

Truly ‘fun for the whole family.’

We discovered that the other people at our table, were all from out of town. Eastern Canada. France. Of course, we were from Seattle. And I think there was a couple from the Northeastern US.

We got the impression that this was the table for out-of-towners. Because, it looked to us like everyone else was a local.

The Cajun accent may take a little getting used to, but it paid to pay attention to the announcer, because at one stage the announcer introduced Janet and I to the group, and would’ve been a little embarrassing to just be sitting there in the ozone.

So, in addition to the usual stuff in Louisiana, like New Orleans, ‘Hansens Sno-Bliz’s’, coffee with chicory, and beignets, I would encourage you to go to smaller town and asked for recommendations of a good honky-tonk to go to.

Also, we really enjoyed visiting Avery Island, the home of Tabasco Sauce. The year we were there we can sail are 6.5-foot draft boat all the way up to the free anchorage right outside the visitor center. And it was fantastic!

As we were leaving after about four days of fun, we discovered a massive oil leak in the engine and returned to the anchorage to wait for some repair equipment to be shipped to us. So we spent quite a bit longer than we had planned. But it was a wonderful adventure. Cajuns seem to be one of the very few people that are even friendlier than Turks. And the Turks are so friendly, that that’s high praise indeed.

Several times in Cajun land, we would be walking down the street and the hot summer sun, and people would stop us and say that we shouldn’t be walking in this heat. “Here are the keys to my pickup. It’s the brown one over there. When you’re done with it just park it somewhere nearby, and leave the keys under the mat.”

Now that is friendly!


I hope that this video will change your life for the better

Janet and I and many of our friends took classes in The Silva Method back in the early to mid 1970s. It was an amazing self improvement class that showed us how to use more of our mind’s potential. One small facet of that training, was mental communication and we were shown that while, for me, it was not like a two way radio or a cell phone, that a startling amount of data could move both ways, via thoughts and mental pictures.

Unless you have had a similar experience, you will believe that you now know that I am nuts. After a lifetime of watching misinformation and charlatans, whenever the idea of mental communications comes up, you’re quite justified to think that this is nonsense.

It was for Janet and I, a life-changing experience, but neither of us put enough time into practicing the techniques, and so, I’m not nearly as good at it today, as I was in 1976. But, I do know that it is possible, and that some people are really good at it.

The following video link was sent to me by a friend, Nancy, and it is one of the very best examples I know of, to support the opinion that I hold strongly. But, feel free to make up excuses and rationalizations to not believe it. But, how did she know about the two cubs?

Either way, I think you will enjoy watching it. It helps to have an open mind.

If you have a good internet connection, I suggest that you click the small symbol that looks a gear, along the bottom right of the screen and set the resolution to 480p. The 144p is a faster download, but pretty grainy. The message is the same.

I think that this link is the same video at 360p.

My experience was that the link shown at the end of the video, pointing to had expired, but I found the following link, which I’m sure will be changed very soon. So, you will need to go to and use the search function.

However, I think the following link will be relatively permanent. She has a nice little video, embedded on the first page, explaining her work. I certainly agree with everything she says in that video, and what I have read so far on the site. When the embedded video finishes, it offers a variety of similar links, that you may also enjoy. However, I have not looked at them yet. And it is possible that some, are quite unrelated.
and so on.

Please keep an open mind. You may learn a lot. (But, keep cross checking those, ‘Send this to everyone in the Universe!!!!!’ emails. <wink>)