“What was your favorite animal at the the aquarium, Mom?” I am not good with favorites questions. I rarely have a single favorite; I have a different favorite for every occasion. “The invertebrates,” I said, and grinned at our son. He rolled his eyes. “You might as well say ‘the sea life,’” he said. “The jellyfish, then.” Planktonic. … Continue reading Pelagic


When a crew member in Kauai jumped off the stern to sink an anchor, it brought back memories. I’ve been anchored on land too long. I miss being on the water, in the water, under water. I had forgotten about the ocean after been so far from it for so long. But being in Hawaii … Continue reading Anchor


Marine blue. A wash of green. Navy at depth. Pacific blue off Kauai. Turquoise in Bahamian shallows, where tropical sun penetrates aquamarine. White sand below. Ocean with galaxies of starfish, shivers of sharks, smacks of jellyfish. With animals as big as houses. With beings who are our kin, warm-blooded, intelligent, playful, zen. I had a … Continue reading Ocean