Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there."
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I was curious about this bush, so I sent the photo to Wayne for identification. He provided me with the following: Your plant is gray nicker. You can see a lot of it at Sidney Fisher park. The leaves don't look quite right, though. I think the shiny leaves must belong to some other plant. At this time of year, nicker would be in bloom or budding. The seed capsules (which have vicious spines) must be from a previous year. Maybe this plant was dead and had no leaves.
Monday, May 25, 2009
When we arrived back in Kabul on Wednesday afternoon, we learned that two members of the staff were killed when an IED exploded on the road to Baghram just after 8 a.m. Shawn Pine was an MPRI mentor who had volunteered to do some CID training for our legal guys in August. He was so excited about it and had already started working on the project. He had two young sons. Shawn was in the vehicle with 1LT Roz Schulte, an Air Force Academy graduate who was 25. She was a beautiful young lady from near St. Louis with an amazing smile and a heart of gold. She was with us at the Norweigian police compound last week, and I'm attaching a few photos of her to put yet another face to the cost of war. The one I took of her as we were gearing up to return to Eggers that night will stay with me forever. The US flag will remain at half-mast at Eggers through Memorial Day on Monday, when we will have their Fallen Comrade ceremony together with the Memorial Day ceremony. It will be a difficult day here, as well as everywhere hearts gather to remember all those that have served our great nation and paid the greatest price for our freedoms.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This past Sunday, the New York Times (!) published a book review about friend Curtis Ebbesmeyer's book. It was an interesting review, but not nearly as interesting as Curt, one of life's unforgettable characters.
There is a link to the review at the end of this post, but I suggest you also read the book and watch the videos of Curt on our Florida Beach Basics web site. Curt is a charter member of the Sea-Bean Symposium held every October at the Cocoa Beach Library. He'll be the keynote speaker this year, although after my nightmare following his presentation last year, I have forbidden him to speak of floating heads ever again. (But he probably will anyway.)
New York Times book review
Florida Beach Basics
Monday, May 18, 2009
The day was cloudy, rainy, and stormy, but that did not stop STPS volunteers Gina and Ann from trekking to Ponce Inlet to get Ursula the Turtle. When they arrived back at Pelican Beach Park, it was raining, but not storming, so we made our way to the beach. Release protocol requires taking a turtle out a ways in the water, rather than letting it wander in from the sand. As you can see in the photos, the waves were pretty big, so Ann and Gina sweet-talked a friendly surfer into taking Urusula out on his surf board.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
This citizen says Thank You and HOOAH!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
As Adam approached the turtle in the water, she quickly made every effort she could to get away from him. He had to get behind her and grab her before she tried to duck under again. After he caught her, it was much easier to steer her toward the edge of the water.
Michelle and Marie at the Marine Science Center, working their magic
After we got to the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Michelle checked her over and gave her some fluids for dehydration. Her blood sugar was fine, so she didn't need any glucose.
Rocky with the Horvath Family - this is a Mother's Day they'll remember!
The Horvaths named her "Rocky", but Michelle wanted me to add the name of an herb. She had a list to chose from! The one that went best was Thyme, so the turtle ended up being called Rocky Thyme.
Ann notes, The thing that struck me most was all the spunk this little turtle had - as much as she was struggling, she made a valiant effort to get away from that big guy that was headed towards her! Once at the MSC, she seemed relaxed and calm under the TLC of Michelle and the rest of the MSC "angels."
In a later update, Ann tells us that MSC found paps (papiloma virus, little caulifower-type growths) on Rocky Thyme, so she has been transported to The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, as that is the main place for treating paps.
I'd say that was a great Mother's Day for the Horvaths, Adam and Gina and Adam's parents, Ann, Michelle and Maria at MSC, and especially for Rocky Thyme. (Photos courtesy of Ann Zscheile)
Sea Turtle Preservation Society
Marine Science Center
The Turtle Hospital
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
An Orlando Sentinel story described the Hubble thusly: The Hubble Space Telescope has opened new windows into deep space and enabled astronomers to travel visually to nearly the beginning of time. Orbiting Earth every 97 minutes for the past 19 years, the observatory also has beamed down thousands of stellar and planetary portraits so vivid they appear three-dimensional. Iconic images have included stars in the throes of birth and death, galaxies stalking galaxies and chunks of comet slamming into Jupiter.The spectacular scenes are merely grace notes to astronomers, who use the telescope to probe far-off specks of light for data on movement and molecules. But they've made the school-bus-sized telescope the world's best-known piece of scientific equipment. "Hubble is not just about science," said Roger Launius, a senior curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. "Hubble is about its stunning imagery. We decided space is a beautiful place because of this imagery."
Hubble was not always the success it is today. When it was first put in orbit and turned on, images were fuzzy and distorted, and it was the source of jokes for late-night comedians. But all that was corrected in a 1993 service call, and it has been working like a champ ever since. This image is called The Glowing Eye (photo courtesy of NASA/Hubble Space Telescope). Be sure to follow the link below to the Hubble Site - a great resource. Its spirit line is Out of the ordinary - out of this world, and that's certainly an apt description of the program.
Unfortunately, after today's launch, there are only nine launches remaining. John Kelley writes a space column in Florida Today newspaper, and he sums it up thusly: It's easy to take the shuttle for granted. We've seen it so many times here. It may start to look routine. It's not. Flight after flight, the space shuttle is one of the most amazing things men and women have ever done. Enjoy it. Take advantage of the blessing of living here on the Space Coast. Take in the launch, celebrate a little and remember to congratulate your friends and neighbors who make it all happen.
Orlando Sentinel: Our amazing view of heavenly space (part 1 of 2-part series)
Orlando Sentinel: NASA brings ingenuity to Hubble repair mission (part 2 of 2-part series)
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009