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.




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.

Blogging 101: Being a good neighbor

I love having the time to read people’s blogs. These are the few that I really enjoyed today.

Ceen photography and cees black and white photo challenge

I love photo challenges and black and white. This was a new discovery and a new follow.

I found this through a fellow blogging 101 (Yes I’m doing it again don’t be judgy)

a lovely site called

Spiritual Dragonfly

I love dragonflys and when they are flying around the yard I dance with them.

I also found this great post from my friend Mista Vibrant over at blabberwocking!

Karma Yoga: Its Relevance For Meditators and Devotees!

Over the at the Florida Squeeze one of my favorite bloggers Brook Hines wrote this.

Darren Soto is minimum wage challenged

I disagree with the article but I think I may use this as a blog post for the future so I’m holding off on this.

and My favorite Blog of the day belongs to future Martin County Commissioner  Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch :

“Going Home” to Meet Maggy Hurchalla, SLR/IRL

Just driving to Miami deserves a medal. The entire blog post brought tears to my eyes.

On the topic of being a good neighbor I’ve writing a short series about a pedophile that court ordered to my town from up north. He was suppose to register at the sheriff’s office and the rehab staff dropped him off at Walmart. A manhunt ensued. He found his way to another rehab. He turned himself in and yesterday was in jail with a 100,000 bond and today there was virtually nothing in the news that I saw. I’ve been getting lots of great feedback and I’m happy this incident happened to bring this whole thing to the forefront. Why are people being court ordered to a  facility that is literally feet from a playground, a ball field and a skate park. Stay tuned.

Here is Daniel Tiger who I was introduced to this weekend. Thank goodness I have apple tv and PBS kids. So enjoy. Let’s all try and be a good neighbor.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challange: “Ornate” The Solidarity FIsh Project

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”DSC_0012

Here is a video of Janeen talking about the project.

“The Solidarity Fish Project  
This simple wooden fish is splashed in vivid colors on one side, but when flipped over it reveals in stark contrast skeletal remains on a black background.  Viewed individually each is unique and beautiful.  When they are exhibited together by the thousand(s) they are a monumental temporary public art installation that connects participants and passers-by.

The Solidarity Fish, painted by kids and ordinary people are an icon of the clean water movement in Florida. They have been from the Everglades to Washington, D.C., from the steps of the Capitol Building in Tallahassee to the cover of most major Florida newspapers and in the New York Times.  

Raising awareness and inspiring stewardship with a striking participatory art project created by ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  Working together to change the status quo.

Janeen Mason
National Award Winning Children’s Books”