Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

In the lair of sea bass – softypapa adventures

Diving underwater canyons and caves on a single breathe is a heart-pumping experience the first few times through, as you learn the route and become familiar with every twist and turn along the way. After about five tries you begin to relax and can enter the area of confinement with greater ease, kicking more slowly and taking in the sights. It gets really fun when your timing is down and you can actually stop and hang out for a while in a submarine room. I like to hold on to a rock in order to check out the alien sights while attending the muffled roar of waves crashing outside and the strange sounds made by fish and other marine life. I can sometimes spot lobster extending feelers from dark crevices at the sides of a cave, or snake-like eels gaping their toothy grin while staring at me from their own recessed tunnels. With practice, even very intimidating underwater caves can become familiar, almost cozy places to visit and explore. Returning to such places is like coming home to a private retreat, a submarine room, where humanity is little more than a phantom rumor.

Exploring in the sea alone provides an opportunity to reach distant places without traveling very far. In the desert for example, I need to hike two hours alone beyond the last road and trail just to reach the near edge of the Volcano Wilderness, and then another hour before The Great Indifference can be perceived. In the sea, a short swim offshore to depths beyond reach or around the corner of some rocky point will bring you quickly to the place you seek. Take a breath and descend and you’ll find Indifference moving everywhere in the gloom, below your feet in the murky haze, up ahead where that sea mount looms like an underwater giant; in the surf crashing against rocks which tosses the body and sometimes draws blood, and in caves where the threatening embrace of mindless death and indifference snap the senses to a more primitive frequency and comprehension.


My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of the experience of life with me. I’m available on social media at the links below and can be reached via email at dinnerbytheriver@gmail.com.

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The Path of WildnessThe Path of Wildness is easy to find
The course of a stream
Leaves blown in the wind
A beast’s track through the brush
And the direction of our first inclination

The Path of Wildness is an answer and response to a prescribed way of life which may leave some individuals with a sense that their living is little more than a series of pre-determined, step-like episodes between birth and death. The stages of living between these events: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood and senior are themselves natural and in accord with the needs of the species and most individuals. Many find their satisfaction in living this course and to these individuals I have little or nothing to say. Others though long for something more; something innate, genetic and seemingly calling. Adventure and change can give a degree of satisfaction and relief yet even these may seem too tame. To those who feel drawn to something beyond the entertainment and stimulation of senses I offer a walk along The Path of Wildness. Don’t bother penciling the event in your schedule, preparing a pack with goodies and supplies or even inviting a friend along, for this experience is along the course of your first inclination and you must surely always go alone.

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