We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For those of you who have never read Rudyard Kipling's "Captains' Courageous" I highly recommend it. It's the story of a young boy who joins a fishing crew by accident. It's sort of like "A Portrait of Dorian Gray" but in reverse. I suppose Jack London's "Call of the Wild" also falls into the same category; as an allegory for experience and education.
And then, of course, there is Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick." But this book doesn't have the redeeming qualities of the other novels.
There are so many seafaring stories, but two of my favorites are "Treasure Island" and "Mutiny on the Bounty."
If you like sea stories, with history, you can't beat the Aubrey novels by Patrick O'Brian. Think there are 18 or 19, I have them on the shelf but am too lazy to look. Have read them two or three times, envy some one who hasn't rear them yet. William Buckley thought they were the best.
I am almost done with Two Years Before the Mast and I have loved every minute. Interesting commentary about the people who settled California and the Missions. I collect books about the sea and sailing/exploration, I get lucky at estate sales. I am always amazed at the bravery of these men. May I recommend the following: Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum, Gypsy Moth Circles the World by Sir Frances Chichester, The Incredible Voyage by Tristan Jones, The Last Time Around Cape Horn by William Stark and New Chum by John Masefield. All true stories and they will make your heart beat a little faster!