This is a book about the potential of dreams. It shows the faith, passion, and actions that can make them come true. It is about hope for all of us. A captain's stories weaving together philosophies learned from a life connected to the ocean and island cultures around the world. The stories about running away to follow a dream introduce ideas about passion, courage, faith and the path to making your dreams come true. Fear, and how it affects our society and personal lives, springs from the terrifying storm stories. The depictions of people and tropical places show different ways of living, priorities closer to the heart, questioning common First World lifestyles. The trade-offs, struggles and hard times reveal tenacity and grit, often required in the not-so-normal life spent at sea. The view from the deck of a wooden schooner verifies that how we perceive things has a profound and powerful effect. As crew aboard the good ship Cassiopeia you will learn lessons from being on a sinking ship in the Pacific and on islands where they still use bows and arrows. You will travel the West Indies and through the Panama Canal to the exotic islands of the South Pacific. Tales about the amazing power of many glorious moments in the hands of Mother Ocean with no land for thousands of miles, blessed evenings filled with music and song and overwhelming joy, encounters with the machines of war, and the obvious cries of our dying oceans, all lead to conversations about the nature of humanity. The deck of Cassiopeia has been an international think tank for ideas on why life unfolds in a certain way and what the major influences on the path of humanity could be. There have been crew of all nationalities, financial levels and walks of life. It is very apparent, especially when seen from the deck of an old wooden schooner, that it is time for a change in how we humans interact with our planet and each other. From out here it is easy to see the changes in our oceans, the environment, and the cultural clash between the rich and the poor. This book aspires to be more than just an assortment of sailing stories; it is also a bold assertion that it is not too late for us to change the direction in which humankind is headed. It is a reminder of the basic ways of thinking and acting that will empower our dreams to come true. The big shared dreams, peace, harmony, stopping environmental destruction and ending the waste of resources are worthy dreams. If we dare to take them on in our personal lives then there is hope for us all. This is a success book for your personal life and for the human experience on this planet. Follow your dreams; take action and change your life to have what you want; what your heart and your soul and your passions want. If each of us does something every day in our life to move towards the peace and harmony we all desire, then we will change the world, FROM THE BOTTOM UP!