Sand Microbiome

So here’s something to blow your mind – sand is a microbiome. Billions of organisms live in the sand. In fact, a 2017 study revealed that on one grain of sand there may be between 10,000 and 100,000 microorganisms!!! The … Continue reading

Every Shell a Story

I was lucky enough to visit the Florida coast last week. We were in a place known for its shells. I love just walking along the beach not only looking at the variety of shells, but also at the number … Continue reading

No Walls

In the middle of this government shutdown over a border wall, little attention has been given to the environmental impact of said wall. Wait, I take that back. Thousands of scientists have warned our illustrious leaders about the severe impacts … Continue reading

Rachel Carson

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” I recently came across this quote by Rachel Carson and was struck by its … Continue reading

Always a Conservationist

Apparently I’ve always been a conservationist. As I helped clean out some boxes at my parents’ house, I came across one that had YEARS worth of my old school assignments. I think my mom saved everything. There were reports and … Continue reading

Octopus Genius

I am a nature documentary geek and I’ve subjected my family to my geekdom for years. Other families watch movies together, we watch documentaries. It all started with the release of the Planet Earth DVD set by the BBC in … Continue reading


As I walked home from work the other day, I heard a flock of geese honking. When they appeared overhead, I stopped. When they flew by, they were low enough that I heard their wings flapping. Have you ever heard … Continue reading

House Swap

Recently I’ve been trying to select education market projects that have something to do with nature, the environment, and environmental issues. One of the best of these was a project on biodiversity (Nomad Press, March 2019). I wasn’t even going … Continue reading

Look Deep

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Einstein I think that, like so many quotes, this one can be interpreted in many different ways. For me, it’s about slowing down to really see the natural … Continue reading

The Time is Now

The day after Thanksgiving the government released the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Despite what some of our illustrious leaders say, the science is undeniable. Climate change is a real and present threat. The outlook is certainly grim. It’s at that … Continue reading