Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends,

On Saturday, Harry and I went sailing in the harbor with a friend of his who has a Daysailer. What a beautiful day to sail and there was a terrific breeze filling the sail and pushing us along. My father taught me how to sail a sunfish when I was a kid, and it brought back great memories of the wind and salted spray in my face, holding the tiller fast, pulling the sail in then letting it out in a whoosh—even capsizing and then righting the boat was an indelible learning experience—nature was all powerful. “Stand on the rudder,” my father would yell. “It’ll bring the boat up.” Back then I could jump in and out of the boat hands-free without a care. Now, it’s a bit different with the balance and stiffness. Harry and I held onto each other until we were well-seated.

In my novel, Gillian taught Katie to sail as a child in Nantucket, and Claude uses Katie’s attachment to her memories of sailing and Gillian to buy a summer house there where her parents are connected with the clubs, and Claude can move up the social ladder. Whenever Katie wants to find herself, renew her spirits or just have peace and escape her monster husband, she goes to the house and remembers her sailing days, yearning to return to them. Gillian and Katie talk about sailing together again, but Gillian’s schedule is so demanding, there never seems to be enough time to arrange it. The memory is enough to comfort Katie, and she introduces her daughter, Rose, to sailing and passes the tradition on, looking forward to the day when they will take a sail together.

Thank you, my Priscilla Bennett Friends, for listening and for all your support for my cause. Please visit my website at and read this blog, make a comment, write your own story and get helpful information. Remember the Priscilla Bennett Pledge to help someone by starting a conversation, giving a kind word in the grocery store or parking lot—a touch on the shoulder or pat on the hand with a nice cup of tea. Remember that we all have SOMETHING TO BE BRAVE FOR.

Take good care of yourselves,