The Ocean & Us Ep9.3: Making Conservation Work for Whales

Dear Friends, Presenting part 3 (of 3) with Dr. Jo Marie (Jom) Acebes of Balyena.org in the Philippines! She shares about the importance of considering human well-being in conservation (with an example of ray fisheries in the Philippines), her hope for the future (including the importance of youth using social media), and plans for Balyena.org!Continue reading “The Ocean & Us Ep9.3: Making Conservation Work for Whales”

Snorkel Log: Sharks and Rays and Guitarfish!

Dear Friends, I am so loving my weekly snorkel outings! I am so lucky to live somewhere with such incredible marine life. I am also lucky to have the support to get out and swim with it! Here is a clip from this week’s outing. So many sharks and rays and guitarfish! It was soContinue reading “Snorkel Log: Sharks and Rays and Guitarfish!”

The Ocean & Us Ep9.2: Making Conservation Work for Whales, cont’d

Dear Friends, Presenting part 2 (of 3) from our fascinating chat with Dr. Jo Marie (Jom) Acebes of Balyena.org in the Philippines! She shares about the conservation status of some marine mammals in the Philippines, and the challenges of trying to reduce the threats to those animals. I so enjoyed chatting with Jom and learningContinue reading “The Ocean & Us Ep9.2: Making Conservation Work for Whales, cont’d”

The Ocean & Us Ep9.1: Making Conservation Work for Whales

Dear Friends, Well, at long last, we have a new episode to share! It has been such a scattered year, and we are still learning how to manage our complex schedules. Tara will say it is her fault, but it is more like she is so overextended! I am just so grateful that she canContinue reading “The Ocean & Us Ep9.1: Making Conservation Work for Whales”

My Birthday Message

Dear Friends, Wow, I am 37 today! I decided to re-post the poem I wrote for my birthday last year. I am still so just beginning my life with communication, and this is only my third birthday since having Spelling access in my daily life. Each milestone brings joy, pride, and also gratitude, but alsoContinue reading “My Birthday Message”

Back to Summer Snorkel Bliss

Dear Friends,  It is high summer – hot sunny days, invasive crowds, and glorious warm ocean waters! I am back to regular snorkeling after several months’ hiatus. It is easy to get out of the habit, since it is a bit of a drive to our favorite spots, and we are so juggling the manyContinue reading “Back to Summer Snorkel Bliss”