Uncharted Waters

Romance, Adventure, and Advocacy on the Great Lakes
Mary McKinney Schmidt (Verlag)
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  • erschienen am 20. Juli 2018
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  • 272 Seiten
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Written in a voice that is charming, witty, and honest, Uncharted Waters shares the stories of a Fortune 500 executive learning to sail, learning to love, learning to fight for the water and life she holds dear. Mary McKSchmidt is an adventurer-a woman who wanders across southern Africa, achieves success in positions typically held by men, hikes, bikes, and camps alone up the eastern coast of Lake Michigan, and joins her fun-loving, equally-adventuresome husband on voyages across the sometimes treacherous, always unpredictable, waters of Lake Michigan. In the presence of this lake, she gains clarity, finds inner strength, and hears the whispered musings of her heart.

When she discovers Lake Michigan and all the Great Lakes are at risk, potentially damaged beyond repair, she replaces her briefcase, calculator, and business suit with a notepad, camera, and foul weather gear and embarks on a new adventure, this time to help create the political will necessary to clean up and protect the lakes. Captivating, heart-warming, and insightful, Uncharted Waters serves as a reminder that while we can live without a lot of things, clean, safe drinking water is not one of them.

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Mary McKSchmidt replaces a briefcase, calculator, and business suit with a notepad, camera, and foul weather gear and journeys into unchartered waters to help build the political will necessary to clean up and protect the Great Lakes. A published writer, photographer, and blogger, when not in West Michigan, she may be found wandering the planet, usually by boat, foot, or bicycle.

Prologue xiii

Relationships: 1978-2003 1

The Icebreaker 2

Opening the Door 11

Two by Ten 14

The Inevitable 20

No Ropes on a Boat 25

The Helmswoman 28

Under the Stars 34

Landlocked 41

In Search of Balance 46

Good Intentions 50

View from the Top 56

Autumn Crossing 61

Pursuing Dreams: 2004-2007 65

A Wind Shift 66

Squandering Gold 70

Can One Person Make a Difference? 75

"Don't Let It Fly" 79

Seeking Common Ground 83

The Stern Head 87

Motor Guy 90

Open to Change: 2008-2012 99

Listening to the Right Side of My Brain 100

The Whispers of Wildflowers 105

Winter Walks 113

Why I No Longer Race 115

Destination Ports 119

Telltale Signs 122

The Harbor Light 124

Searching for the Sweet Spot 127

Rituals 132

Bud 137

"Home, James" 141

Push-Button Boating 145

Thumbprint of Light 148

Protecting Our Home: 2012-2016 151

"What Is Your Deepest Dream?" 152

Emerging from the Cocoon 155

My Reader 158

September 2013 Blog: Terror in the Straits 161

July 2014 Blog: Cold Knows No Pride 165

August 2014 Blog: Good Science and the Political Will 166

June 2015 Blog: Voice of a Fisherman's Daughter 170

November 2015 Blog: The Search for Balance

on the Indiana Shore 173

December 2015 Blog: The Asian Carp Conundrum 177

January 2016 Blog: The Shame of Flint 182

February 2016 Blog: The Water Wars Have Begun 186

April 2016 Blog: Safely Slathering Sunscreen 189

Winds of Hope 192

Seeking Balance 197

The Gift of Feedback 198

Battle Scars 200

Why Am I Marching? 204

My Hand in Yours 208

Searching for a Bridge Across a Basin 212

Why Is Dialogue So Difficult? 216

"Just the Way You Are" 219

Epilogue 222

Acknowledgements 225

Glossary 227

Bibliography 235

Notes 237

About the Author 247

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