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July, 2017

June 11, 2017

Hello everyone:

Here is the monthly compendium of cool stuff I have collated for your pleasure (and it brought me much pleasure as well). Take your time and savor them.

This is my most recent Perspective that ran on San Francisco’s NPR station- KQED. Leaves of three, let it be.

I am off to Brazil leading two trips back to back to the Pantanal, the Chapada and the Amazon basin, returning July 15. Giant anteaters, hyacinth macaws, Saki monkeys, anacondas, caimans, jaguars, capybaras, tapirs, anhingas, and much much more. These trips are full but I have scheduled two more next June and July (the perfect time).

The day trip to the Farallons on August 4 still has room but the one on August 11 is full. Recently a 79’ blue whale washed up near Bolinas, north of San Francisco. Hit by a ship and killed, it was feeding out by the Farallons. No guarantees but August is a great time to see tufted puffins, shearwaters and large whales just off our coast. And I used to volunteer out on the Islands and know them pretty well.

This little one page spread appeared in the latest issue of Sonoma Magazine.
Speaking of whales, this is why they got so large. 

Children need Nature not I-Phones 

A classic song and so very true… Stand by me.

I remember the Dickey Box. This documentary is for all of us who have felt isolated while surrounded by other people. 2005 at Burning Man.

On being too busy. I am Guilty!

You will LOVE this collection of words describing emotions from other languages. WHO KNEW?

Here is Tim’s website and his research is ongoing.

Socrates was a very smart guy…. we are still referencing him centuries later.

Christopher Walken dancing in 50 movies perfectly spliced.

I love to dance and I love watching other people dance as well. Check this site out.

JFK 100 years old. What a contrast with the President in 2017!

BIG BANG by the Barenaked Ladies.
Birth of our Universe to music.

Solar Eclipse coming up August 21.

Garden of early delights.. Extremely trippy be sure to watch on big screen, not your phone

2017 is Finally Here!


Happy 2017!

Death Valley

The first Mojave desert trip filled right up so I have added a second one that runs April 9-15. Looks like it’s going to be a great year for flowers. Last year sure was. The cost has remained unchanged for the last five or six years.  Here is an article on Death Valley from the November New Yorker. I think I will continue to lead trips to Serengeti in Tanzania and the Mojave Desert until I can no longer move my body. Both places are sacred to me and feed my soul.  And I’ll always bring a bunch of hula hoops to the Mojave so that we can hoop at Badwater–the lowest place in the Western Hemisphere.

The trip to Bhutan in May is full. Both trips to Brazil in June and July are almost full.  Every other outing has plenty of room at this point. I just headed off to Ecuador to lead my 26th trip to that part of the world. The next trip there will be in 2019.

It was exactly 370 days ago that I fell very hard and completely tour three out of four tendons on my rotator cuff. After two surgeries, two of the three tendons are holding, but  the third is not.  Pain is intermittent but manageable. Physical therapy for the next five or six months will determine how much I am able to get back to normal. It will never be 100% but I’ll settle for 85%. We shall see.

My theme song for the next year is this classic from the 60’s- WORK TOGETHER. And my  New Year’s Resolution, which I came up with several years ago and have decided to keep it for every year, is always to ask myself…


“why not?”

Here’s my most recent perspective on barn owls that ran on KQED couple weeks ago.



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