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For humans, the Arctic is a harshly inhospitable place, but the conditions there are precisely what polar bears require to survive - and thrive. 'Harsh' to us is 'home' for them. Take away the ice and snow, increase the temperature by even a little, and the realm that makes their lives possible literally melts away.
-Sylvia Earle

February 27, 2020

I’m doing a very un-green thing today. I’m flying from the midwest to Boston and I’m giving myself a carbon pass because I’m attending a family funeral. I try very hard not to fly - aware that it is one of the top “do not do” for anyone with any environmental awareness...

January 25, 2020

 The image at left is the box I used to hold my notes that became my first book, American Metallic Fabric Company: 100 years of Wire Weaving on Cape Cod. It's not the full pile of materials I used - I had at least one box of original journals from the late 1800's and a...

January 8, 2020

I deliberately took a break these last few weeks...to rejuvenate after the holiday sale period and to enjoy families and friends over the holidays. It was a great way to recharge but now I feel a need to up my game, as they say. The recent news about horrific fires in...

December 24, 2019

Last weekend was my two holiday gift shows - selling my scarves and cotton towels on Sat/Sun and my glass, felt landscapes and felted polar bears on Sunday. The weather was balmy and the crowds were good sized, festive and generous. Though I'd struggled with the commit...

December 11, 2019

I had the opportunity to travel to Cape Cod last week - to visit with family and share our loss as an elder passed before Thanksgiving. The weather, on my short trip, was beautiful and it was hard not to spend all the time we had there walking along the beaches. It mad...

December 1, 2019

As frequent visitors of this site know, I've been weaving up a storm for the winter holiday sales I, ironically, said I wouldn't be doing this year. My rationale for not doing the shows was selfish - I had just finished writing the draft of my first, self-published, bo...

November 18, 2019

Last week was my last shift on the polar bear cams at explore.org It's been a great experience and such a treat to re-live my visit to Churchill in 2016. 

As of yesterday, the ice map of the Hudson Bay region looked promising (right). With ice moving in the bears are de...

November 7, 2019

So while the bears are waiting for ice to form at Churchill, and I wait for holiday glass to come out of my kilns, I also eagerly await my shift on the cameras for PBI/Explore.org each week. It's always been fun to watch the video feed as a regular member of the public...

November 2, 2019

How often in life do you find yourself doing the same thing without really thinking about why you do it that way or taking the time to question yourself about whether you could do it better (or maybe not do it at all?)?

This new phase of my life has me questioning mysel...

October 23, 2019

I have to say that one of the wonderful things about getting older is that I've had time to really get to know myself - both my strengths (lol, who wouldn't want to focus on that?) and my foibles (yup, got 'em, still learning to acknowledge them). A challenge I have no...

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