“All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came.” – John F. Kennedy, 1962


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5 Responses to SALT IN OUR BLOOD

  1. dan March 29, 2011 at 7:20 am #


  2. Chris March 29, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    This post reminded of a great song from the band Cloud Cult. I can’t link the YouTuube (blocked at work) but it’s totally worth the googling.

    When Water Comes To Life

    And when the angels come
    They’ll cut you down the middle
    To see if you’re still there.
    To see if you’re still there.

    And underneath your ribs
    They’ll find a heart-shaped locket,
    An old photograph
    Of you in Daddy’s arms.

    And then they’ll sow you closed
    And give you back to the water
    From where we’re all born
    From where we’re all born

    And you’ll feed the ghosts
    And you’ll feed the living
    You will be a stranger
    And you’ll be a friend

    You’ll be the leper
    You’ll be the healer
    You’ll be the hero
    And the tragedy

    And when they sow you closed
    They’ll give you back to the water
    From where we’re all born
    From where we’re all born

    and when they burn your body
    all thats left is sand crystals
    two tiny handfuls
    all the rest is water, water, water

    all you need to know
    is you were born of water
    you are made of water
    you are living water, water, water

  3. Brian March 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Right on. Spending a July week in OBX right on the beach. BLISS.

  4. Michele Longo Eder April 4, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    Salt in Our Blood: The Memoir of a Fisherman’s Wife


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