Biologically, I’m no grandparent. I’m one of these genetic end-of-the-line types cause I didn’t have my own kids. Rather, I’m a grandparent by marriage (more than two decades of it). While I have no genetic reason to love Riley Anne Mesnick (Jason and Molly’s baby), I love her anyway. How powerful our ancient instincts are! … Continue reading Riley and Grampus.
On this day, the most important holiday of the year (Earth Day), I find myself wondering: How often do people hear about environmental organizations working with companies in ways that are really good for the Earth? Probably not often enough. But 3 years ago, the Marine Conservation Institute learned that the leaders of Holland America … Continue reading Happy Earth Day to you (and to Holland America Line and Seabourn)
As things calm down I have abundant reason to be thankful. There are still wonderful places with amazing living things. And I’m thankful to the people whose words and acts have informed and inspired me. As we saw in Boston and West Texas, there are people who make the world a better place. My family, … Continue reading Save the people
Let’s assume that you’ve had your eyes and ears open these last 20, 40, 60 or 80 years. If that’s true, you’ve probably noticed that the Earth is not doing too well right now. People not only kill other people; we’re killing the Earth. The planet that’s our only environment is in real trouble. And … Continue reading If the Earth were alive, what would she do to us?
The question I used to be asked most often is “What’s the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise?” (Answer: dolphins and porpoises are members of two different but closely related families of toothed whales.) The question I’m most often asked now is “Isn’t all that garbage in the ocean terrible?” (Answer: It’s terrible that … Continue reading The neighborhood that made me a marine biologist