Weekly Photo: NOW


Right NOW I’m sitting and looking at my pretty tree. When I first moved here I didn’t even bother.  Too much drama of the past.

I have worked Christmas for the past 6 years. It gave other nurses a chance to enjoy their holidays. I’d like to say it was meaningless. It wasn’t. It was horrifying. I had Christmas PTSD. This year Christmas had wonderful meaning by spending it with family.

So what happens with time and working on letting go is of course things change. The pain is long gone and a feeling of contentment arrives.

I found these little trees at the Fresh Market and they were perfect. Big enough for my needs. Being a table top also was great since my dog didn’t feel the need to urinate on it.

When I first brought it home he got very excited until he saw it go on the table.

The ornaments I took when I was divorced were the one that were meaningful to me.  Gifts from friends and hand made golden retriever ornaments. Ornaments with my old guys names Machi and Casey.  I loved the twinkly white lights.  This year I added a string of color and it changed everything. And of course a string of shells.

It’s almost like this little tree is an indication of my mental health filled with an understanding of the past , anticipation  of the future but the ability to just sit and be,  enjoy the tree, the lights and the now.


Gathering Weekly Photo


May 4th,2014 We had a funeral for the St Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon which had been devastated by discharges from Lake Okeechobee.  Both turned green with poisonous green toxic algae. Our lives would never be the same again.

As a way to protest we held this funeral at Phipps Park which the park next to the the “Gates of Hell” where the water out and runs into the river and the lagoon.



Here is a video that Brad Langel shot with his drone. There is a great shot of the St Lucie Locks that will be opened when Lake Okeechobee is too high. That’s when we get polluted with Lake water that destroys mostly because the fresh water hits the lagoon, changes the salinity of the water and kills everything including the oysters that my friends very lovingly place through out.


Here are a few other photos of the event.



Here is new’s cast.

Versatile Blogger Award

Debbie over at Debbiemlewis nominated me for



Thank you Debbie!

Lately I found  that wordpress is my safe haven. I place I go when Facebook and Twitter and even my email is too much to take. This is one place where everyone seems to be  thoughtful about what is going on in the world.

I do write about a lot of things. It depends on whats going on or what information I think needs to get out there.

One of the best blogpost I wrote lately was over Thanksgiving and shared on Treasure Coast.com. It was a simple list of places to get free meals on Thanksgiving. I was so happy to see many people googling this and checking the list. I hope you all got something good to eat.

For the Versatile Blogger Nomination, I was asked to talk about 7 random facts about myself.  I do not like talking about myself but here goes.

  1. When I was young I was in drama class for years. I played Hodel, the 2nd eldest daughter, in Fiddler on the Roof. Pretty Amazing. I love music but I can’t sing. It’s so brutal that when my son was born and I would sing him a song he would beg me to stop.
    Hodel becomes intrigued with the radical, young student,
    Perchik. She eventually leaves Anatevka to join him in
    Siberia where he is imprisoned for his reform activities.
    Hodel sings a haunting solo as she says goodbye to
    her father at the train station.
    This is not me but here is the song.

2. I lived in Cambridge, Mass for a long time. I worked at the Cambridge Hotel as a singing waitress (again how did I get these gigs). We were doing a Gershwin Review. Walter Cronkite stayed there at the time to interview Daniel Ellsberg about the Pentagon Papers.

3. I was also part of a MIME TROUP at the time.


4.  I love nothing better then silently listening to an interesting story sitting behind my camera.


5. When I go home to Boston I must visit  the swan boats.


6. I won an award from our local public tv in Miami for being the “Most Prolific Vlogger.” In others words I create a lot of content.


7. When I watch big news story’s I’m casting in my mind who can play the particular characters in the made for tv movie.

For instance,




Here are my nominees

Me in the Middle

Defining Ways

Having an affair

Uma’s healthy bites





Loggerhead  turtles hanging on the back of a truck waiting to be returned to the ocean after their rehab at Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno, Florida.

Over 30 years ago, long-time Juno Beach resident Eleanor Fletcher started what is now Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Eleanor and her husband Robert had a real estate business in Juno Beach. Eleanor began to notice there were many  sea turtles nesting on the shore in spring and summer. She was curious about why so many hatchings headed landward after hatching, rather than back to sea, and as a result, began some of the earliest research on sea turtles in our area.

As she learned more and more about the sea turtles, she began to see that the turtles were threatened by the encroachment of man as he moved and built closer and closer to the shoreline. She decided that educating children about the sea turtles and the need for conservation and protection was the best hope for the sea turtles to survive over the long term. She began giving classes, first in her home, then above the real estate office as more and more children enjoyed her programs.

In April 2007, the organization relocated to a new 12,000 square foot certified “green” facility and changed its name to Loggerhead Marinelife Center. The new facility includes a state-of-the-art full service veterinary hospital, exhibit hall, outdoor classroom, research lab, and resource center.  They have an awesome gift shop. I usually go there this time of year to buy ocean related child books for my nieces and this year for my grandson.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit education and ocean conservation facility located on the Atlantic Ocean in Palm Beach County, Florida. The facility houses a variety of exhibits, live sea turtles and other coastal creatures. Exhibits include a massive prehistoric Archelon sea turtle replica, salt water aquaria and displays of local wildlife, as well as educational displays about South Florida’s marine environment.”

I included the photo above and some video in my multi award winning documentary film “The Garbage of Jupiter Beach” because these gentle giants often come with plastic bags in their guts, or filled with fishing line or some other garbage people have thrown in the ocean. So before you liter please put these guys in your head and understand the damage that can be done.

Here are photos from the last time I was there last year.

You can go here and see whose in the hospital now.

This is wonderful place to support. I am looking forward to the day I can take my Grandson Ethan.

Day Eleven: Ripped from the Headlines

Ripped from the Headlines!

The big story this week was the terrorist attack in Paris. I was just sitting here quietly finally watching “Homeland” and the phone just lit up with tweets about Paris. I have alternately been glued to the news and then turning it off. I can’t stand the sensationalism. My heart goes out to all the people. I can’t imagine.

Thank goodness for John Oliver. He totally put it all in perspective if you can do that. Warning profanity. Fitting but profane.

Here is the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_JgWu0_pEY




This was my favorite story. I was so excited that it didn’t happen in Florida.

Woman allowed to wear spaghetti strainer in Mass. license photo


A woman who identifies herself as a Pastafarian, a follower of a religion that teaches that an airborne “spaghetti monster” could have created the universe, has succeeded in her bid to wear a colander on her head in her driver’s license photo.

Lindsay Miller claims the spaghetti strainer is a sign of her devotion to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Check out the website and there is even a video.

pastfarian video

and for 25 bucks you can become a minster.

In August, the Lowell resident was denied a renewed license by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, she said, for wearing the metal cookware.