Products, People, Places and Things Representing the Best in Coastal Living

Products, People, Places and Things Representing the Best in Coastal Living.
Welcome to our blog "Coastal Creations & Design." We hope that you'll visit us often and read about our favorite coastal destinations, beach-inspired products, inviting seaside spaces, original artists works and people living the coastal lifestyle.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Coastal Creations & Design: What is "Seriously Seaworthy"

As a blogger writing about what I refer to as "seriously seaworthy" products, people, places and things, I am constantly reviewing pretty much everything that I can find in reference to our favored subject- nautical and coastal products, design and of course, lifestyle. And why do I do this you may ask? It's my business and we are experts in this field. As the President and CEO of Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Gallery, I look at thousands of items each year as potential products for our store and we only choose the finest in products and artisans work created for the nautical enthusiast and the coastal homeowner. I do this seven days a week. We definitely live the life and walk the talk.

By Coastal Creations & Design standards, "seriously seaworthy" is defined as products and things of quality, whether authentic or replica, that will withstand the test of time. It also refers to people who really live the nautical/coastal lifestyle and places that are real coastal destinations.

Now into a new year, we've made a few course corrections and are "trimming our sails" to remove the fluff and improve our position.  We will tailor our articles to only write about "seriously seaworthy" products and avoid whenever possible, the cheap knockoffs and crafty lookalikes. We will also limit our articles to those people who truly live the nautical/coastal lifestyle and destinations that qualify to our subject. In other words, we are not interested in writing blogs about the "how to" make your own nautical crafts or products heavily produced and manufactured in places like India and China that have flooded our nation with cheap nautical junk. We do not plan to copy pictures and write about a decorating magazines take on nautical/coastal living as if it was our own...there's plenty of other bloggers to follow who are good at doing this and we are not selling advertising to pay to write this either.

Does this come across as being a bit cold or harsh? Well, OK. Look at us as the "piratical" source of the nautical/coastal blog writers. We dare to be different and we will tell it like it is.  I do not plan to write a blog a day or maybe not even a blog a week. We will post articles when we have something really worth writing about and not just to put something out there because it's expected and I have advertising to sell and advertisers to keep happy! We're not going to waste your time nor am I going to waste mine either. So, if you are looking for a more "serious" approach to the subject, then please follow this blog. If not, then there's plenty of the Coastal Living copy cats to follow. And, we cherish your real comments too, so share your views with us.

Joe Elder
Coastal Creations & Design
"Live the life you love, love the life you live"

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Tommy Bahama January Drink of the Month

Tommy Bahama drink of the month- the Meyer Lemon Drop
January 2011

2 1/2 parts Tommy Bahama White Sand® Rum
3/4 part triple sec
1 part sour mix
1/2 part Meyer lemon juice

Squeeze juice from a 1/4 slice of Meyer lemon into a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients. Shake 20 times and strain into a martini glass rimmed with sugar in the raw.

For best results, try visiting a Tommy Bahama Restaurant and have their bartender make it for you. 
Live the life you love, love the life you live!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Remembering Jonathan Livingston Seagull

A recent photo reminded me of this exceptional book. Photo by Joe Elder.

Remember the glorious little book titled Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach? We thought it fitting to revisit Jonathan and his words of inspiration and higher purpose in life, overcoming limitations and a renewed sense of freedom as we take off into the new year. Here are some of the most memorable quotes in the order of the progress of the story. Narration was added  where it is necessary to give background.
Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight – how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating.
Interesting dialogues between Jonathan and his parents:
“Why ,Jon ,why?” His mother asked. “Why is it so hard to be like the rest of the flock, Jon? Why can’t you leave low flying to the pelicans, the albatross? Why don’t you eat? Jon, you are bone and feathers!”
“I don’t mind being bone and feathers, Mum. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can’t, that’s all. I just want to know”
“See here, Jonathan,” said his father, not unkindly. “Winter isn’t far away. Boats will be few, and the surface fish will be swimming deep. If you must study, then study food, and how to get it. This flying business is all very well, but you can’t eat a glide, you know. Don’t you forget that the reason you fly is to eat”
After the failures Jonathan is disappointed :
As he sank low in the water, a strange hollow voice sounded within him. There’s no way around it. I am a seagull. I am limited by nature. If I were meant to learn so much about flying, I’d have charts for brains. If I were meant to fly at speed I’d have falcon’s short wings, and live on mice instead of fish. My father was right. I must forget this foolishness. I must fly home to the Flock and be content as I am, as a poor limited seagull.
When he discovers the technique of flying :
How much more there is now to living! Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s reason to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!
The Elder of the Council bashing Jonathan :
“…one day, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, you shall learn that irresponsibility does not pay. Life is the unknown and the unknowable, except that we are put into this world to eat, to stay alive as long we possibly can.”
Jonathan raising voice against the Council :
“Who is more responsible than a gull who finds and follows meaning, a higher purpose for life? For a thousand years we have scrabbled after fish heads, but now we have a reason to live – to learn, to discover, to be free! “
What he had once hoped for the Flock, he now gained for himself alone; he learned to fly, and was not sorry for the price that he had paid.
Jonathan Seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that gull’s life is so short and with these gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed.
The same rule holds for us now, of course: we choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing , and the next is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome”
When Jonathan asks, if heaven exists :
“No, Jonathan, there is no such place. Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect.”
The Elder explains :
“You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.”
“To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is,” he said,”you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived…”
Each of us is in truth an idea of the Great Gull, an unlimited idea of freedom,”
“Well sure, O.K. they’re Outcast,” said some of the younger gulls, “but hey, man, where did they learn to fly like that?”
When a handicap gull asks if he can fly :
“Come along then.” said Jonathan. “Climb with me away from the ground, and we’ll begin.”
“You don’t understand My wing. I can’t move my wing.”
“Maynard Gull, you have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.It is the Law of the Great Gull, the Law that Is.”
“Are you saying I can fly?”
“I say you are free.”
Jonathan addressing his Flock
He spoke of very simple things – that it is right for a gull to fly,that freedom is the very nature of his being, that whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form.
“Set aside,” came a voice from the multitude, “even if it be the Law of the Flock?”
“The only true law is that which leads to freedom,” Jonathan said.
“There is no other.”
“How do you expect us to fly as you fly?” came another voice. “You are special and gifted and divine, above other birds.”
Jonathan sighs :
Jonathan sighed. The price of being misunderstood, he thought. They call you devil or they call you god.
“The trick Fletcher is that we are trying to overcome our limitations in order, patiently, We don’t tackle flying through rock until a little later in the program.”
“Also known as the Son of the Great Gull ” his instructor said dryly,
“What are you doing here? The cliff! Haven’t I didn’t I.., die?”
“Oh, Fletch, come on. Think. If you are talking to me now, then obviously you didn’t die, did you? What you did manage to do was to change your level of consciousness rather abruptly.
“Why is it,” Jonathan puzzled, “that the hardest thing in the world is to convince a bird that he is free, and that he can prove it for himself if he’d just spend a little time practicing? Why should that be so hard?”
Farewell of Jonathan
A moment later Jonathan’s body wavered in the air, shimmering, and began to go transparent. “Don’t let them spread silly rumors about me, or make me a god. O.K., Fletch? I’m a seagull. I like to fly, maybe…”

Live the life you love, love the life you live!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Wish for You...

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.  
~Ellen Goodman