The View from a Small Island: The Tiredness Virus

Like a Healthy Estuary, Social Interaction may be the Protective Habitat of our Mental Happiness. In the June issue, Coastal Review highlighted the importance of SAV, submerged aquatic vegetation to our coastlines. “SAV protects shoreline erosion, improves water quality and provides habitat for fish and waterfowl. It is critically important to the wellbeing of both … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: The Tiredness Virus

The View from a Small Island: Ode to a Nap

On the first week of a new decade, I feel ‘a nap’ coming on. Perhaps this is driven by the weather: rainy, solid cloud cover, foggy when the drizzle lets up. In general, a stay-at-home, climb under a new (gift from grandson) soft wrap and sip hot chocolate kind-of-day. ODE TO A NAP: Back in … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: Ode to a Nap

The View from a Small Island: Octopod Sailors – the life of Argonauts

"I don't know. It is a mystery..." to quote the pharmacist in the 1998 film hit "Shakespeare in Love'. And so it has been a mystery with the life of Argonauts in their pelagic zone since the days of Aristotle around 300 BC. I discovered the life of Argonauts in early 2020 when a 'just-turned-five' … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: Octopod Sailors – the life of Argonauts

The View from a Small Island: Policing in the U.S.A (2020)

In the recent spate of violent conflicts , an epidemic of civilian deaths at the hands of police forces has erupted across U.S. cities in 2020. Then compounded by angry violent ideological extremists, I felt as though I was limping through a continuing nightmare. Unable to overlook these frightening events and feeling a responsibility to … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: Policing in the U.S.A (2020)

The View from a Small Island: The Awe of It

"Awe is a 'physiological reaction that seems to override my brain.' (Constance Grady (VOX.com) January 10, 2019 The excitement or anxiety of the November 3rd election has faded—somewhat. By the 15th of the month worries have moved onto the raging pandemic now sweeping the country including our beautiful coastline. Health authorities here are exclaiming ‘exponential’ … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: The Awe of It