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  • TO PERCH on the quay wall and gaze out to sea, as the sky releases a warm sun from the shroud of fog and drizzle -- and so the Cosmos invites one to turn aside from the hurry and scurry of quotidian existence — to appreciate the slower, more fundamental rhythms of the universe in which we live. Then one begins to sense the rise and fall of the tide, the peculiar smell of the seashore when the tide is out, the warm sun on the shoulders and a light touch of a breeze carrying a reminder that this is autumn and winter will not be far behind, the slow descent of the sun toward the western horizon, the intake and exhalation of breath, and then...

    ... the insistent call of nature that gets one up and off in quest of a public restroom.

    In moments like these, one remembers what a gift it is to be a part of all this for a moment in time.

    And the sea will grant each man new hope ... his sleep brings dreams of home. (Quotation apocryphally attributed to Christopher Columbus by Soviet Captain Marko Ramius in the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October.)
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