Monthly Archives: March 2012

Fishing the Sustainable Deep

I write from Guaymas/San Carlos, two great fishing bays on the Sea of Cortez. Reading John Steinbeck‘s book, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, which details his tidal pool collecting journey in 1940, I was shocked to read of … Continue reading


Relative Morality

Much to my dismay, I’m distracted. I should be writing about Mexico, but salt water and whale snot has done a number on my camera. I’m at a loss. The best I can do is babble. I find myself thinking about morality because I … Continue reading

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Whale Watching with Kuyima

“Call me Ishmael. Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse and nothing to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery … Continue reading

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Santa Rosalia and Beyond

Our flight from Guaymas across the Sea of Cortez to Santa Rosalia went smoothly. I sat behind the pilot and kept a sharp eye on the fuel gauge and the GPS. I was glad to see that the pilot wore a … Continue reading

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Off to Laguna San Ignacio

Leaving San Carlos for Baja is not for the faint-0f-heart. The ferry and the flights are a bit hit-and-miss. And you can’t trust the webpages. The ferry crosses at night. It’s an eleven- hour trip. State rooms are not an option. … Continue reading

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The Long Song

I am not particularly good with titles for my own writing. Titles should hint but not give anything away. And so when I picked up Andrea Levy‘s 2010 novel, The Long Song, I was totally unprepared for the brutality of … Continue reading

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Richard Nixon in Love

I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that living in Mexico, I would be out of touch. Years ago, maybe, but thanks to my computer streaming radio (in my case, KRCC, my local PBS station) I’m keeping up. Typically, when I am home, … Continue reading

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Sea Slugs – Meet and Eat

Based on my dismissal of John Steinbeck‘s detailed, marine collecting chapters in The Log from the Sea of Cortez, you might think that I have no interest at all in tidal pools. You are so wrong. Maybe a half mile down the beach towards Guaymas, … Continue reading

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The Sea of Cortez

I am reading John Steinbeck. The book, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, was first published in 1941. The reviews were not good. The publication of those reviews hit the press on the day Pear Harbor was bombed. All … Continue reading

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I’ve just read Garrison Keillor‘s most recent letter. Not actually a letter to me personally, but I take his Writer’s Almanac very personally. His conversational tone speaks to me and me alone. And when I hear him read, we two … Continue reading

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