The Ocean & Us: Sharing the Energy of Waves

Dear Friends, Welcome to the updated The Ocean and Us! I am so proud of our new focus, and so proud of our original episodes as well. We are starting off our renewed series with and interview with my friend Joshua Greiner. He is a fellow Speller, and also an active poet and surfer andContinue reading “The Ocean & Us: Sharing the Energy of Waves”

Sea Lions on Parade

Dear Friends, We are shifting the focus of The Ocean and Us to be more about adaptive ways of interacting with the ocean! We have new interview episodes coming up starting next week. And I will still be sharing my own ocean journey! Speaking of, yesterday we snorkeled La Jolla Cove. I was so tiredContinue reading “Sea Lions on Parade”

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”

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”

The Ocean & Us Ep8: Exploring the Ocean & Myself (SpellX Presentation)

Wow Friends! It has been a busy while! To catch up a bit, here is my video on my recent ocean exploits. This was for SpellX, an event hosted by I-ASC to highlight stories from nonspeakers like me, and there are many amazing videos by my Speller peers posted here: https://i-asc.org/spellx-2021/! Be sure to checkContinue reading “The Ocean & Us Ep8: Exploring the Ocean & Myself (SpellX Presentation)”

The Ocean & Us Ep7: Future Ambassador of the Seas

Friends! I am so thrilled to be back with another episode! Meet Dr. Melania Guerra, an oceanographer, engineer, and science diplomat. She shares her amazing breadth of experiences from outer space to the poles, thoughts on science diplomacy, pride for her home country Costa Rica, and her dream of being the ocean’s ambassador. Thank you,Continue reading “The Ocean & Us Ep7: Future Ambassador of the Seas”

Interview with That Au-Some Book Club!

Earlier this year, I was very excited to be interviewed by Meghan (Not An Autism Mom) for the wonderful group That Au-Some Book Club! Tara and I were invited to share a bit about The Ocean & Us Podcast, but also mainly to talk about our experiences with Spelling to Communicate and how it hasContinue reading “Interview with That Au-Some Book Club!”