Who is this Ray guy?

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In the current iteration (we’re always evolving and morphing, aren’t we?), I’m an intrepid traveler crisscrossing the continent while living full-time in a tiny camper. I’m often found taking long, slow dances in the wild with beloved mother nature … whenever bears aren’t chasing me.

Oops, forgot — my name is Raymond Hines; you can call me Ray. (I have a rather silly nickname I won’t share here but can be persuaded to give it up if enticed with delicious coffee and groovy pastry Hint: my weaknesses are carrot cake bars and peanut butter cookies.)

I was born with a profound hearing loss that rendered me deaf since birth, yet I hear the universe deep within. I do speak and read lips quite well — the only real sign language I know are the dirty signs. If you ask me, I’ll be happy to show you a few. ; )

I’m a lifelong entrepreneur who ended up dropping out of college to work for myself. My mainstay is a company and community I founded twenty years ago to cover University of Florida athletics at GatorCountry.com. We started selling paid subscriptions for premium internet content way back when it was virtually unheard of and we were the upstart underdogs on the field, upending the traditional media’s football cart. It was an uphill battle yet we persisted, becoming a credentialed media outlet and one of the largest college sports sites in the nation as the unofficial voice of Florida Gators fans.

I have a lovely daughter with red hair just like her Daddy. ; ) She’s currently winding her way through college and wishes to work with children in a social worker/child welfare capacity, which is great. She really likes sociology, social-economics, and wouldn’t mind working up the ladder at a health fitness center where she takes care of — you guessed it, children. I tell her she has her whole life to do whatever she wants and it’s okay to change careers if her interests shift.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.Rumi

The journey in the moment is one of discovery and connection  — to witness and share the whispers of nature and filaments of life (past, present, and future) through photographs, writing, and sketching & painting.

A few years ago, I took on a year-long apprenticeship studying Reiki and became a Reiki Master.  In tandem with deep meditation, Reiki has become a foundation of life. It’s how I healed from a chronic illness and gained another lease on a life I nearly ended. If you’re interested in a Reiki session, read more here.

In the dawn of 2016 I began my nomadic life on the road. That (crazy?) adventure is still ongoing…

I invite you to follow me along the way as I share the literal and figurative journey in all manner of ways — the highs, lows, introspectives, poetry, photographs, and more.

For more, hop on over to my musings or sign up for an occasional email from me.

Thanks for dropping by! Be well. : )

P.S. I’d like to hear from you — feel free to sign the “guest book” below where the comments are; tell us a bit about yourself, how you found us, and perhaps where you might be on your own journey…


8 Comments Who is this Ray guy?

  1. Joe Motley November 26, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I love your musings. I am soon to be 71 years old and semi retired. I have my own business in medical physics, but have slowly eliminated my customers down to three. I have been a Gator fan since age of ten when my dad started taking me to Florida field. In my free time I have been taking classes in ASL. I have always wanted to learn ASL and now finally have the time to do so. I do not believe in handicaps or disabilities. Even though I am short, ( four feet-six inches), I have managed to live life and embrace joy at every opportunity. I have managed to complete my education in the physical sciences and start my own business. I view life with a sense of awe and wonder and seek to live my life within an attitude of gratitude. I discovered you blog via Insiders Gator Bull Gator Den.

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    1. solari December 26, 2017 at 3:47 am

      Joe,

      I must have missed this during all the Florida Gator madness going on, my apologies! It sounds like you’re certainly living life to the fullest. I’m inspired that you continue to learn and move forward in life, it is much appreciated… And the joy, my friend… I’m glad you embrace it, it is the point of life to take joy in all the big and small things in gratitude. It’s great to find you here — thanks for visiting : ) Keep on living large, fellow soul.

      Ray

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  2. Terry Carson January 13, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Ray,
    Keep on living free, exploring and traveling.. I go worldwide as much as I can! The only thing I fear is not executing and doing, feeling, living!
    Don’t worry, I have remembered your nickname from long ago, I wish you the best my friend. Keep me up to date bud!

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    1. solari January 13, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Great to see you here, Terry! I totally agree with you — live large and freely and roamly. ; ) Good to know you remember my nickname, haw! Will try and look you up next time I’m in the Sarasota area.

      Take care and all the best, my friend.
      Ray

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  3. L A Liverman January 13, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    LOVE this new forum for your musings! Beautifully done. I’m so psyched to be able to get more regular inspiration from your quirky adventuring, gorgeous photos and well chosen words. By the way, your journal gift and encouragement have successfully re-engaged my journalling to very positive results! While I can’t move about the continent as much as you are doing, I love the validation and permission your example gives me to get out to the woods, rivers and coasts often and go many more places in my mind… Can’t wait to see how you realize weaving your loves into making a living. Peace and love, Cuz.

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    1. solari January 13, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you, Alex! You do know one of the great parts of my journey have been to come to Oregon and hang with you guys now and then. I truly enjoy it and the area always astounds, whether overcast or not!

      I haven’t been paper journaling/sketching as much as I used to, been more focused on bringing it online. I’m sure I will find a happy balance sooner or later because putting pen to paper is an intimate thing to do.

      Love and hugs,
      Ray

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  4. John January 14, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I just found your blog from the comment over at RollingSteel’s blog. Pleased to see a fellow Scamp owner on the road and blogging. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far and will follow along with your travels.

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    1. solari January 15, 2018 at 2:09 am

      John, thanks for making your way over here and glad you enjoy what you see. It’s always good to “meet” a fellow Scamper, too! Took a moment to look over your blog — I’ll be following it as well. It’s really nice to have fellow bloggers support one another.

      Thanks for sharing and all the best.

      Ray

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