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Books - Alan Hosler - November 2010
The Curve of Time, by M. Wylie Blanchet - (permission given to quote brief passages when included as part of a review; Seal Press)
“Time did not exist; or if it did it did not matter. Our world then was both wide and narrow – wide in the immensity of the sea and mountain; narrow in that the boat was very small, and we lived and camped, explored and swam in a little realm of our own making.”
The Curve of Time is the story of M Wylie Blancher who, having lost her husband at sea, packed her five children into a 25-foot power boat (the one that was found w/o her husband) and explored the coastal waters of British Columbia in the summers of the 1920s and 1930s. She also included the following from a wall hanging she had come across:
“Look well of to-day – for it is the Life of Life. In its brief course lie all the variations and realities of your life – the bliss of growth, the glory of action, the splendor of beauty. For yesterday is but a dream, and To-morrow a vision. But To-day well lived makes every Yesterday a dream of happiness, and every To-morrow a vision of hope. For Time is but a scene in the eternal drama. So, look well of to-day, and let that be your resolution as you awake each morning and salute the New Dawn.  Each day is born by the recurring miracle of Dawn, and each night reveals the celestial harmony of the stars.  Seek not death in error of your life, and pull not upon yourself destruction by the work of your hands.”
The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame – (public domain)
“This has been a wonderful day!” said the Mole, as the Rat shoved off and took to the sculls again.  “Do you know, I’ve never been in a boat before in all my life.”
“What?” Cried the Rat, open-mouthed: “Never been in a – you never – well I – what have you been doing then?”
“Moby Dick, by Herman Melville - (public domain)
“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can”. (Ishmael, on why he wanted to see the watery part of the world)
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Coleridge - (public domain)
“Day after day, day after day,
We struck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean”
(The Ancient Mariner, after having shot the albatross)

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