How Do You Mend a Broken Heart

Posted in: Uncategorized- Feb 18, 2017 No Comments

“I have discovered the secrets of the pyramids, and found out how the Egyptians and the ancient builders in Peru, Yucatan, and Asia, with only primitive tools, raised and set in place blocks of stone weighing many tons!”  Edward Leedskalnin   Born in rural Miami in the 1920s, Coral Castle is sometimes called the world’s youngest […]

A Million Orchids

Posted in: Uncategorized- Jan 05, 2017 No Comments

In the 19th century, South Florida was an orchid paradise with millions of orchids on every branch of every oak and mahogany in the forest. In the 20th century men ripped the flowering orchids from the trees and shipped them north to consumers who disposed of them once the gorgeous colors faded driving the orchid […]

On the Anhinga Trail

Posted in: Uncategorized- Jan 02, 2017 No Comments

“Out on the Anhinga Trail the only sounds you hear are the wind riffling through the sawgrass and the splash of fish feeding on insects and one another and the great long-necked anhingas diving or emerging from the mahogany waters of a sluggish seaward moving slough. You hear a hundred frogs cheeping and croaking and […]

History Takes Time

Posted in: Uncategorized- Dec 15, 2016 No Comments

“It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.” William Murtaugh, First Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places   The Miami Circle at the mouth of the Miami River, where the Tequesta tribe settled more than a […]

Nacho Libre and the Grand Canyon

Posted in: Uncategorized- Nov 25, 2016 No Comments

One clear September morning we knelt on the rim of the Grand Canyon between the blue sky and red rocks watching condors ride the thermals below. We’d been to the canyon before but never seen condors, so this was unexpected and awesome.  Back in the 1980s condors were driven to near extinction, so in 1987 […]

Wave Goodbye

Posted in: Uncategorized- Nov 01, 2016 No Comments

In the opening of his book Some Kind of Paradise author Mark Derr states that “Sometime in the next century or two, the sea will cover Florida as it has periodically for the past 250 million years, and sometime, assuredly, the sea will retreat, leaving a peninsula dotted with lakes and marshes, ringed by a […]

Katharine the Great

Posted in: Uncategorized- Oct 02, 2016 No Comments

Oh Great! One thing I was always grateful for about living in South Florida was that we didn’t have to worry about great white sharks down here in the Caribbean. We have bull sharks, hammerheads, black tips, and reef sharks but they’re all relatively cordial compared to the “white death.” I’d always believed that the […]

Prolonged Exposure

Posted in: Uncategorized- Sep 15, 2016 No Comments

Miami is like a beautiful woman with a low IQ and an ugly temper. And just as people will overlook narcissism and superficiality in a curvaceous creature with sparkling eyes and enchanting smile, they often ignore Miami’s poverty, felony, illiteracy and road rage while admiring the voluptuous curve of her shoreline. Precariously balanced between the […]