Jackie Parry – author


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Working in a brothel & win a $400 giveaway!

My husband worked in a brothel in Barbados. It was just for a few weeks. He was eventually asked to leave. The threats and the rather large, naked ladies that were hosed down daily, convinced him that it really was time to leave.

The 'body-guards' in the brothel in Barbados

The ‘body-guards’ in the brothel in Barbados

This bizarre story goes hand-in-hand with almost nine years of my life on the high seas on a ten metre boat. We had close-calls with pirates, muggers, and man-eating crocodiles, which was enough to keep the adrenaline buzzing. Boat crashes, storms, almost sinking and a whale collision filled the gaps, if ever we became complacent.

The storm - you HAD to just get on with it!

The storm – you HAD to just get on with it!

A near ‘agreed’ abduction by a beautiful French Gigolo, who lifted me up from the road after I was run-over in France, didn’t alter the incredible bond between my new husband and I – a bond that I’ve only witnessed in movies. But, I still carried the mixed emotions of losing one man, while falling head over heels with another.

But, I have learned to live my life, and I have finally figured out who I am.

Picking our way through reefs to the anchorage in Mayaguana

Picking our way through reefs to the anchorage in Mayaguana

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Cruisers take note – Your feet change size!

Announcement – ‘Little Toe Day’

“Did you know, the average women walks three miles a per day more than the average man?” I said to Noel.

“Walks or talks,” says Noel!

Aside from my humorous husband, I’d like to make today, Little Toe Day.’

Those little, wiggly, appendages on the edge of our feet need some recognition.

The little toe on your foot has many names. It is known as the little toe, baby toe, pinky toe, and the fifth toe. But its real name is Digitus minimus pedis. I refer to mine as Pinkies.

Image courtesy of artur84 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of artur84 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We are bare-footed a lot, especially when sailing and cruising. Our little toes have taken some severe bashings over the years…. rigging, stanchions, anything solid really.

Basically they are strong little critters and very tolerant – so let’s say a big ‘Yay’ for our little toes and learn a bit more about them:

Interesting facts

  • Toes can be used to replace fingers
  • Stalin’s were webbed
  • You can wrestle with them (and there you were wondering what you were going to do tonight!)
  • When walking, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry one half of your body weight
  • Butterflies taste with their feet (imagine doing that!)
  • Gannets incubate eggs under their webbed feet
  • Elephants use their feet to hear – they pick up vibrations of the earth through their soles
  • The average foot gets two sizes longer when a person stands up
  • Mmmmm yummy flower!

    Mmmmm yummy flower! Image courtesy of dan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I talk about shoes and ‘spreading’ feet in Cruisers’ AA (accumulated acumen). Over the years of being bare-footed on our boats, my feet spread and changed size.

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An inspirational woman & positive thoughts day 2

Writing 3 positive comments each day for 5 days has created a lot of interesting remarks. One of my favourites is from a fellow barge owner and friend Carole Eardman Grant. ‘I read a book by a lady who made it her project to keep a journal of daily positive thoughts and gratitude for a whole year. It changed her life!’

I had to find out who this was. The lady’s name is Elizabeth (I’ve yet to find her surname), but you can find her blog here.

She says that the experiment was only supposed to last for six weeks. ‘At the end of that time period, my readers voted for me to continue the blog for one year.’

Click here to read an inspiring interview with Elizabeth.

I was amazed to read some of the outcomes of Elizabeth’s experiment:

  • Mindset felt lighter and my actions more positive
  • Thinking positively was now a way of life for me
  • Discovering that the creation of negative thoughts are not meant to hurt us but to protect us
  • I have found that I am less weighed down by things that used to plague me: responsibilities, stressful situations, trying to please others
  • I find I laugh easier and have a much stronger sense of myself and my wants

It is pretty powerful stuff! Here are my 3 positives for today:

1. I’m receiving lots of lovely, positive support (via the internet) while dealing with flood waters and a rather large (and worrisome) tree caught under our boat.

2. The tree that has attached itself to our boat is causing passer-bys to stop and say ‘hi’. I’m enjoying talking to many people from different walks of life – the tree is an ice-breaker.

3. I am part of a fantastic new group on Facebook called Women on Barges (WOB). I am having a lot of fun ‘meeting’ new people with a kindred spirit from all over the world and sharing advice, stories and offering support.

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On day 1 I nominated some friends to take part in writing positive thoughts, but I think I’ll just leave it open. Please contribute if you wish, I’d love to know your positive thoughts (here and on your timeline!)


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Positive thoughts – would you like to be nominated?

I’ve been nominated by my lovely friend, co-writer and co-adventurer Linda Frylink Anderson to post 3 positives each day for 5 days and nominate 2 friends to do the same (each day).

I recently posted a blog about my rules on using Facebook and I notice that 99% of people use this medium for positive news and information.

Positivity is the key. I have a friend who lives in Australia who doesn’t like making New Year Resolution lists. ‘Why set your-self up for a fall,’ she says. ‘I like to make a list of all my achievements that I’ve accomplished during the last year.’

I think this is a great idea. Thinking, focusing and remembering the positives in our day to day lives has other healthy consequences too.

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Image courtesy of imagerymajestic/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Julie A Gorges, fellow blogger, author and freelance writer has just written a post on The Connection Between Health and Happiness, she says, ‘ . . . . and you’re probably aware that since negative emotions harm the body, a positive, optimistic, and happy outlook on life will help your physical health.’

That’s exactly why I like this kind of nomination. I am guilty of having a good pointless whinge. I can let negativity pick me up and carry me away. So, to have to sit and write positive comments for 5 days will do me the world of good.

Let me know if you’d like to be nominated. And, in the meantime, here are my three positives for today:-

1. The pouring rain is giving me an opportunity to sit with my visiting family (mum, dad & nephew) and just talk, and have many giggles playing cards.
2. The small leak in the wheelhouse window makes me appreciated that the rest of the boat is dry and warm. How lucky am I to have a great boat and home.
3. My mum thoughtfully helps with the washing up at every meal. Catering for five everyday (when I am used to just two), is a fair bit of work in the small galley. Mum is Chief Washer-Up, which is so very much appreciated.