Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Within the surf – softypapa adventures

Skin diving in the surf pound zone is a little like life… Moments of awe and beauty punctuated by deafening turbulence and challenge. Swimming through the dark churning sands of chaos there’s light and safety in the distance, though oblivion ever rises from the depths.

There’s a culture for those who come to the sea to live. A community and way of life as distinct as being American or Japanese. And we know one another by the artifacts of such a life: the clothing, shoes, walk, speech and appearance announce the waterman or waterwoman as distinctly as the bronzed skin, stretched smile or far off look of remembrance of moments apart from land. It’s a good life, a good people, and a worthy, immediate and quite optimistic perspective on a life both wondrous and brief.


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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