Mirrors and mirages are the stuff of life.


Mirrors show the way things are, and mirages show the way things aren't.

Most people live in Mirage Land where mirage is everything.  From the time they rise in the morning until they close their eyes at night, mirages surround them on every side.


Millions of people turn on television as soon as they wake up, because they can't wait to receive their daily ration of mirages.  The morning news is crammed full of yesterday's mirages - they're full of show and don't tell.   What do I mean by that?


Television journalism is now an extension of reality TV designed to shock and entertain.  Although the images are real, the stories that accompany them are full of quarter-truth and hyperbole.  It's a distorted one-sided version of reality designed to not tell the rest of the story, and it's the rest of the story that we need so badly to hear.

People need to turn on their brain and use their mirage detector.  Their mirage detector asks only one question: "What's the rest of the story?"  A fifteen second sound or video byte never tells the rest of the story.  It tells only one side, the side the media wants you to hear.

Every important issue has two sides, and until you hear them both, you don't really know what's going on.  You are simply listening to a mirage salesman trying to sell you his particular version of the world.  It's  telemarketing of mirages over television.

There's so much half-truth and hyperbole out there that most people don't notice it any longer.  They're used to living in Mirage Land, and besides, some of the mirages are fun.  It's sort of a Disney World existence.  It may not be the real world, but it keeps them entertained.

I've lived overseas for more than twenty-five years, and I've seen the rest of the story. During all those years, I didn't need to listen to the media and its mirage barrage, because I was where the news was happening, and I knew the rest of the story.

Mirages sometimes get you into trouble.  The mirage barrage told us about weapons of mass destruction that didn't exist, and now the world is experiencing a horrific war of mass destruction.  Politicians and media with their massive mirage machines have a credibility problem.  When they cry wolf, who will believe them?  This really isn't that much of a dilemma.  All they need to do is tell us the rest of the story.

Mirage Land is an irksome place.  Finding my way through the mirage maze makes my life harder than it needs to be.  What ever happened to the truth that sets people free?

The picture at the top of this page is in Mirror Land.  Mirror Land is a WYSIWYG destination where "what you see is what you get", and you always get the rest of the story.  It's all about the truth that sets you free, and there aren't any mazes to complicate your life.  You look in the mirror and see the way things are.  In Mirror Land, there are two sides to every story.

Reality does have it's problems, but at least it's real, and I can deal with it.

Even though I'm up to my elbows in spin doctors in Mirage Land, life is still good.


Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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