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How many 24 year-old women accept a position as a deckhand aboard a tall ship for a six-month passage? How many of them go backpacking across third-world Mexico on a pauper’s per diem? How many people transform indigence into philanthropy? And how many mothers can turn tragedy into art?

In our culture where people are obsessed with our ability to be made over and who want to be inspired to change, my new book about Tanya Orme’s short yet transformative life will appeal to people beyond those who knew her personally.

Tanya’s wish was to “someday write a story about my travels.” Good Chi, The Sea and Me” is a 216-page full-color biography/travel essay, interspersed with poetry, prose and art that I transcribed from her many journals that I found after her death.

Not unlike “Into the Wild,” this is an account of the last few years of Tanya’s extraordinary life that begs to be told. It is a biography that accounts the tears and triumphs of Tanya’s many adventures, and will be available for purchase soon at

by Tanya Orme

Tanya Working Aloft Tallship Bounty


And She Sailed Away

Source: And She Sailed Away

Hi Marsha,

“And She Sailed Away” is so fitting and relevant as it pertains to my late daughter, Tanya, as she was an avid sailor. I am reminded of a poem by Henry Van Dyke. I hope you like it…

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me — not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

And that… is dying.

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Good Chi, The Sea and Me is a 216-page full-color biography/travel essay that contains the poetry, prose and artwork of Tanya Orme, a young and soulful adventurer who shunned a conventional lifestyle and traveled the globe by modest means. Her desire to “some day write a story about my travels” never came to fruition due to her sudden, tragic death.

This is that story, Tanya’s book, which I transcribed from her many journals – a living treasury about a creative young woman who not only reached unconventional, lofty goals by the age of 24, but also left an unforgettable impact on those who were fortunate enough to cross her path. In a culture obsessed with our ability to be made over and desirous of inspiration to change, the story of the last few years of Tanya’s life appeals to people beyond those who knew her personally.


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