Date: 17 October 2014. About Douglas
Written by Douglas Pollard, Sr.
To date, our most prolific author
The Writer's Block
is Douglas Pollard, Sr. I asked how he came to lead such an
interesting life. The gent gifted me (us) with an overview from a
time when freedom was allotted by virtue of trust-worthiness.
It wasn't bravery so much as the
ability to overcome any difficulties that came on the horizon. Those
with nerve and verve had lots of experiences probably not shared by
modern children. And that's a pity.
For those who are interested,
here are his words:
I was raised of parents [Fred and
allowed me the freedom to wander the county, Baltimore and the
Chesapeake Bay. We kids built things: boats, model airplanes, kayaks
and other toys. This building of things continued on and was my
play, and finally landed me in the machine shop business.
It caused me to build sailboats,
and to take them to sea. My wife and I sailed to Bermuda, the
Bahamas and Florida Keys. We lived aboard our boat, Kate, fourteen
Douglas at St Georges harbor in
Some described what we did as a
midlife crisis. Does to leave business and home, go off to laze in
blue waters and green Islands. To eat lobster, conch, speared fish,
wander sandy beaches, to sip sundowners, while surrounded by Island
music sound like a crisis?
We plotted another course, and
gained an outlook not shared by all. In passing, I sometimes see the
wizened glance of another who has known a wanderer's freedom.
I write fiction and fact, paint a
picture and do now and then sketch then go on to build a boat or
kayak. I live among, and love the Virginia mountains.
Douglas and his Georgene in front of a 20' yawl Doug
built in Virginia.
Still, I long for the feel of
waves, the scent of brine, a press of canvas on spars and line. I'll
whistle up a little breeze for my tiny sailboat fair and fine.
© Douglas G. Pollard Sr. of the
27' Albin Vega "Sea Legs" 2225 KK4YGO
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