Welcome aboard the site of Tom Powers: retired officer of the United States Navy, university professor, and actor, director and producer of audiobooks. I call this site “Loomings” from the first chapter of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Life has been a series of adventures, and like all good sailors, I enjoy telling tales of courage, integrity and mystery.
The opening lines of Moby Dick constitute, in my opinion, the finest curtain-raiser in English literature:
Call me Ishmael. Some years ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off — then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
I will gradually be developing this site further, with links to my work as actor and producer.
COMING SOON: Information about the exciting adventures of Davis MacDonald’s mystery thriller The Island: A Mystery Novel set on Catalina Island, which I had the good fortune to narrate.
So, welcome aboard, pull up a chair, and join me for a yarn!