I was born in Minnesota and grew up on the north shore of wild and beautiful Lake Superior, where my dad was at one time a vessel agent. Boats and sailboats were a part of my life, as they were with my ancestors, who settled in Rhode Island from England as carpenters and shipbuilders. One may have been a captain who dealt in slaves, although the connection is murky. Interestingly, one of my forebears fought in the U.S. Revolutionary War in the First Rhode Island Regiment, which was known as the Black Regiment for its high number of former slaves. My great-great grandfather fought in the U.S. Civil War in the New York Dragoons, a cavalry regiment. I now live in Victoria, British Columbia where I torture my poor suffering wife with the fiddle.