Valentine for the Ocean

  Did you know...

The ETP (Eastern Tropical Pacific) is the most diverse tropical marine ecosystem in the world?


---   I'm just learning about this amazing part of the world. Take a mesmerizing 6 minute journey with me...


And I'm excited to be working with the organization engaged in protecting these resources for all, The Friends of MarViva.

While English language materials are still in the works, brush up on your Español and have a look at these videos on MarViva's Youtube channel.



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Life in (or out) of Balance - A Thousand Suns





Amidst the sad news from Mali this morning, a friend shared this link. The violence in Mali is very scarcely reported. There are no dramatic photos of resources flown in or world powers vying for the hearts and minds of Mali. It's a very poor country, full of wonderful people who are from diverse cultures and groups. All but one signed their recent peace accord and that group is now making its displeasure known. In some coverage, the attacks are ascribed to "Touaregs" but the responsible parties are only one faction as near as I can tell. Then of course, the opportunistic thugs that operate in any society and take advantage of disarray are also taking advantage of this time.

As I edit photos of my amazing trip, I think of the breath-taking beauty and the bone-jarring roads. I think of the how honored and humbled I was to be invited into people's homes for a meal when the price of rice and millet have skyrocketed to five times their cost last year on the heels of drought. I think of the farms many miles from villages where women walk to work in the hot sun in fields of green onions that pop up from the arid dessert in surprising intervals. The wells from which they draw water, bucket by bucket.


To say my trip was life-altering is no exaggeration. My heart breaks a little knowing people I met, people who laughed with me and opened their homes to me, introduced their families to me, are under siege. They are most likely scared, and many are scattered for their own safety and that of their families. Many others will not be able to afford to flee.

The tensions between old ways and the new world were evident in Mali, and they are poignantly described in this film. The wisdom of the ages and the pride of the people in the ways that have sustained them is to be honored. This film highlights some of the very issues that are not so far from many things that I observed in Mali - across the continent from Ethiopia. Whether it is religion or seed (or arms or buildings) that are offered by seemingly generous and well-meaning outsiders, some gifts are not gifts at all.


The short, thought-provoking documentary is well worth a few minutes of your time to watch. It is clear to see why it has won so many awards.











Eating Local as an Act of Intimacy


Living in downtown Boston, a stone's throw from South Station Train Station, we like to brag that it takes less time to take the train to Providence than it does to drive across town. Maybe a slight exaggeration but not much of one.

I was glad to be invited to join part of the first annual Providence Food & Wine Festival. With such a vital and engaged group of chefs, farmers, growers and a loyal local dining following, this is sure to become a regular event.

I was particularly moved by Chef Vestal's lovely way of capturing his devotion to local food. He says "eating local is an act of intimacy." That makes my heart swell - a perfect turn of phrase to capture the thrill of that connection between us when enjoy local food, food that has a sense of place. The shared moment that is both fleeting and lasting - fleeting because that one meal cannot last beyond its enjoyment. Lasting in that the memory of it, the feeling of it, can last and give us more that the actual dietary components consumed. It nourishes us in a deeper way.

We listened to and then joined in the conversation of this excellent panel of local producers, hosted by Chef Beau Vestal of New Rivers and moderated by David Dadekian, local food writer & photographer of Eat Drink RI.


Oyster lovers and Oyster Century Club© members should swing by New Rivers for their $1 oyster night and try the Plum Points! Don't miss the Blackbird Farm burger, either. Food that makes you happy in the most intimate way.