Pancake Tuesday Writing Conversation: Maple Syrup to the Impossible Dream


Pancake Tuesday in the UK – with Canadian maple syrup from Sainsbury’s!

From the Impossible Dream as sung by Andy Williams

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest, to follow that star,
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far
To fight for the right without question or cause
To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true to this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To fight the unbeatable foe, to reach the unreachable star


Catharine writes:

Have you had an impossible dream? Did you follow it? Could you still follow it? Did your parents encourage you?

Never will I forget my first letter written from far out at sea by Robin Lee Graham, the youngest sailor (aged 16) ever to sail around the world. He sailed out from LA harbour in a 25 foot sailboat, with his 2 cats, some tinned food, and his homework on board.

His letter to me, saying his mast had just fallen overboard but finally been hauled back in, was published in PACE magazine, where the senior editor, Derek Gill, later helped Robin Lee write a book Dove. This book went on to sell over a million copies, inspiring countless young people to get off drugs and draw their own maps (as Neil suggests).

The book was made into the movie Dove with Gregory Peck.

Now, Neil’s story is helping to inspire people to follow their own authentic journey – I love Steve’s description of Neil as multi-faceted (click here) as indeed he was.

I thank all those who are encouraging me to make my journey possible to continue to share the stories that inspire me.

I am excited that McKenty Live! The Lines are Still Blazing is now available as an ebook, at a discounted price of $9.95

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