There’s been a lot of attention in the media lately about plastic causing significant pollution in our oceans. Not only is it unappealing to walk along your favorite beach and see plastic straws, bags, and bottles washed up on shore, but plastic can break down enough so that sea life will ingest it, mistaking the plastic for food. Scientists are working to invent machines to suck plastic out of the ocean and trap it in bins that can be routinely emptied. But in the end, the best way to keep plastic from winding up in the sea is not to use it to begin with. Recently while visiting Disney’s Flower and Garden Festival, I came upon a sculpture of a penguin that was constructed solely of plastic pieces that had washed up on the beach. It’s an eye opening look at a growing problem affecting our oceans today.
A perfect video showing how a hermit crab really finds and checks out a new home.
His tail is super soft, so he needs to be certain the shell is empty and the move is swift!
I could watch these graceful creatures all day! I saw hundreds of them on the west coast of Florida a year or two ago.
They come close to shore to warm themselves at the power plants in the winter.
Publishers Weekly reviewed our book, “Bay State Skye,” and its going to appear in their magazine! BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER! I highlighted my favorite part. To view the review from Publishers Weekly’s site, click here!
Had an enormously fun and successful day yesterday meeting people and signing books at the Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury, MA. I just loved saying hello and learning a little about everyone who stopped by. And the sea theme was a perfect setting for all of my books. I even got to check out all of the Christmas trees decorated by local businesses on the second floor.
Taking a scene from “Bay State Skye,” here are a couple of photos from the great pumpkin weigh-in at the Topsfield Fair, 2018. Unlike 1990, this year served to be a record breaking year for the great pumpkin, but my opinion hasn’t changed since writing “Bay State Skye.” I still like the smaller, rounder, orange pumpkins. Size isn’t everything!
There’s no greater joy for me than to see a child enjoying “reading” one of my books! I’ve heard from so many families and teachers that although the books are thought to be best suited for three to ten year olds, toddlers love them too. Thanks for sharing.
Sand is made up of such an interesting collection of diverse particles from the sea. This close-up look really illustrates this point. How many different pieces can you identify and classify?
We’re pretty excited to read about Publishers Weekly’s BookLife Prize assessment of our latest book, Bay State Skye. We’ve gotten wonderfully positive comments from readers, and now to hear that critics like it as well, we couldn’t ask for anything more. Below is their assessment:
Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize Review:
Inspired by true events, this well-researched intriguing novel exposes the occupational hazards embedded in the Gloucester, Mass., fish and seafood trade in 1990. Vivid, pungent, and layered in deceit, the story verges on a whistle-blowing, eye-opening look at a lucrative industry as opposed to a work of fiction.
Backed by countless interviews and the author’s firsthand knowledge and experience, the carefully-edited narrative reveals time and place through authentic descriptions and colloquialisms. The author’s tendency to hyper-focus on minute details creates an experience to be savored, rather than quickly devoured.
Illegal acts on the ocean, a popular theme in fiction, may encompass any profession, yet this memorable book stands apart—an intricately-planned historical immersion in Cape Ann that will make an indelible impression on a jaded connoisseur of adventure novels.
Candid protagonists in this character-saturated novel take the story in many directions, with shady personalities at the helm. Their development spins doubt and suspense and triggers double-takes.