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Good Medicine

Dr. Carol Roberts is a pioneer.  Decades before anyone was talking about alternative medicine, this physician was noticing that allergies and chronic diseases could be controlled by natural substances that were much kinder to the anatomy. Yes, of course modern medicine has given us miracles, but its also given us some nightmares.  Good medicine means [...]

Aussie Octopus

Octopi are interesting animals. With their eerily human eyes, their tentacled legs, their way of looking at you – directly at you – you just know they’re thinking something in that big brain, and you can’t help wondering what. I’ve seen octopi many times while scuba diving, and I’ve found them fun to watch and [...]

Hermit Crab

Hermit crabs look fierce from the front, with their armored claws and legs.  But from the back, they’re soft and very vulnerable, which is why they protect themselves by living in discarded shells, old bottles, tin cans – whatever they can find – and when they feel cramped, they discard it and quickly crawl into [...]

Teach The Children

Community Stepping Stones is a phenomenal after school program for youth in Sulphur Springs, an economically-challenged neighborhood in Tampa.  In exchange for a commitment to work hard and stay in school, the young people attend daily art classes. I was honored to be a guest art instructor last week… and you know what they say, [...]

The Upside of the Gulf Oil Spill

Living on Tampa Bay, I’m as sick and appalled about the oil spill in the Gulf as anyone.  It’s as if a great darkness is slowly moving towards our pristine estuaries, engulfing everything in its path. The images of what is happening in Louisiana and Mississippi are overwhelming.  What hath man wrought? http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/oil_reaches_louisiana_shores.html