Catching Crabs on the Chesapeake Bay . a story by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed and published on 16 July 2013; Soundtrack and Summary added on 29 June 2018 

    • Catching Crabs on the Chesapeake Bay, A Story by Alice B. Clagett, Soundtrack and Words

Dear Ones,

A story from my childhood … on catching crabs on the Chesapeake Bay.
And on truth and appearances. There are a Soundtrack and an edited Summary after the video …



Catching Crabs on the Chesapeake Bay
A Story by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Words
16 July 2013


Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice.

I’m still here at Malibu Lagoon right now, sitting in the shade. It’s a beautiful, re-landscaped area here. Very popular … A lot of people on the trail here. You can walk in for free, too.

I got to thinking about my childhood, because the lagoon reminds me of a place where my Dad used to take us when we were little, called Fairhaven. It was on the Chesapeake, and gave directly on the Chesapeake Bay, without much beach. And there was a little inlet there, that went to a saltwater lagoon.

And there were crabs there, that would go from the ocean, and on the high tide they would go scurrying into the lagoon; probably looking for something to eat. So this particular day I’m thinking about, we got to Fairhaven, and my father handed me a crab net. And he said: Here! Go catch us some dinner!

So I went down to the inlet. And it was my first attempt; it was the first time I had ever tried to catch anything for dinner. [laughs] And so, I was very intent, and very serious about learning how to catch crabs. And I was hungry, so that helped a lot. The first thing I noticed was, that when I tried to catch the crabs, if I weren’t very comfortable … they were very shy, and they would notice me, and they would disappear into the oncoming tide stream, and disappear very quickly, and into the murky water.

So I had to target the crabs that were close to the edge of the channel, and I had to move very, very quietly. And so finally I thought I had lined up my definite dinner, and I swooped down with my net, and I missed the crab by about 6 inches.

I had aimed directly at the crab, and so I couldn’t figure it out. And this same thing happened two more times; I missed the crab. My net landed in front of the crab.

I was desperately hungry. And finally I thought: I will aim 6 inches behind the crab, and see what happens. So I did that. And I caught my first crab!

At the time, I didn’t know about how water refracts light, and changes what appears to be the location of things. But what I did learn is that what we see with our eyes is not always true. It’s really good to go, not with what we see, but with what actually works for us. And that way we can get closer to truth. The eyes can be false sometimes. So truth is in our experience of reality,


In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Image: Man attempting to spear a fish … on how water refracts light … ..

This blog has been added here … Link: “Compendium: My Childhood and Family, and Later Years,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled and published on 21 March 2020; republished on 29 March 2020 … ..


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