Created from images of pressed seaweed collages by Santa Cruz nature artist, Beth Shady. Ten percent of profits donated to ocean conservation.
My husband Bill’s father, our beloved Pop Pop, passed away a few weeks ago and we buried him over the weekend. Avid sailors, Bill and his dad spent many relaxing days sailing here in the Monterey Bay and on Lake Tahoe. At his father’s memorial service, my husband read the following poem:
What is Dying?
I am standing upon that foreshore, a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, “There. She’s gone.”
“Gone from my sight, that’s all.” She is just as large in mast and spar and hull as ever she was when she left my side. Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at that moment when someone at my side says, “There, she’s gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”
And that is dying.
(See you on the other side of the horizon, Pop Pop.)
I just donated a SeaweedArt original seaweed pressing to the Save Our Shores” Annual Fundraising Toast of the Coast Event honoring this year’s Ocean Hero, Congressman, Sam Farr.
I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing first ever event celebrating the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary Foundation. I will be exhibiting my SeaweedArt, along with many other fantastic ocean friendly vendors. Come on out and join us for the First Ever Municipal Wharf celebration. Did you know that it is 100 years old?
I’m delighted to announce that I will be participating in the Gault Elementary Mother’s Day Art and Craft show fundraiser on May 10th. Please come out and support this wonderful Santa Cruz school.
My husband Bill and I recently took a ride down the coast on Highway One to visit Point Lobos State Park. It is one of my favorite “hidden gems” because the scenic trails are well marked and so easy to hike. We hadn’t been down to visit in a while and since we have a German Rotary Exchange student living with us we thought we’d like to show her the sites. If you’ve never been to Point Lobos you must go. It’s spectacular natural beauty is life affirming and restoratively recharging. I went as a gift to myself to unwind and recover from a particularly challenging and hectic month at work. Aaaahhh…. Here are some snapshots of our visit.
In honor of Facebook’s Throwback Thursdays, I’m posting this photo of my sister Julie and me taken many, many years ago in the summer of 1965 in Avalon, New Jersey, about a 2 hour ride from our home in the Philadelphia suburbs. I was about 4, she was 2, and I still have vivid fond memories of that vacation. Our parents rented a house very close to the beach and while they slept in we took off for the “shore” as we called it. There was a lot of freedom in those days. (Parents didn’t fret like they do now. ) We built sand castles, dug for clams and chased hermit crabs as they scurried across the wet sand.
As we got older we took summer jobs in Wildwood, New Jersey to earn spend money and pay for our college tuition. On our days off, we’d have beach picnics noshing on tins of smoked clams while lounging in beach chairs along the water’s edge reading summer novels and working on our tans.
These are our ocean memories, and it was these early experiences that instilled in us a life long appreciation for the ocean, its natural beauty and the joy it could give us.
Santa Cruz surfing legend and wet suit inventor Jack O’Neill recognized this need to reach children at an early age when he founded the O’Neill Sea Oddysey Program, a floating classroom aboard a 65 foot catamaran, that teaches children about the importance of the living sea and its relationship to the enviroment. By engaging them and personalizing the experience, it inspires a life long love and appreciation for the ocean, an imprint that lasts a life time.
This is my call out to you to share your story. Post your ocean memories here in the comment section and the first five respondents will receive a SeaweedArt gift from me.
It’s been a while since I’ve driven down the coast to Big Sur to visit the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to see the breath taking 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail. The park is named after a pioneer woman and resident rancher who died in 1928. I love the magestic beauty of this gorgeous, serene place, especially on a rainy, misty day.
Come check out SeaweedArt prints, cards and holiday cards this Sunday at Jingle Shells, the annual holiday craft fair at the Seymour Center. It is my favorite event of the year. Lots of great arts and crafts– all homemade, wonderful food, an incredible view of the Monterey Bay and just so much festive fun holiday cheer. Support local artists in our support of ocean education and conservation. Don’t miss the whale lighting at 5:45!