The idea of navigational aids is familiar to me –I spent many days of my childhood on sailboats keeping an eye out for lighthouses, reef markers, bellbuoys, and the running lights on other ships.  Marine charts and tide tables were in constant reference. I am returning to this vocabulary to describe a particular uncertainty. Our social interactions run us into all kinds of unmarked reefs and shoals or systems of emotional weather for which there is no forecast. I have chosen to use the architectural drawings of a sailboat hull as a reference to the female –since boats are referred to as “she”.