Getting Beach Tar Off of Skin

Today we went walking along the beach and plopped our beach chairs surf side to enjoy a moment of sunshine and the cool ocean breeze. When I sat down, I noticed I had a glob of tar near the heal of my foot. And since I had forgotten to wear my “official beach shoes,” I was going to have a… Continue reading


When the Exxon Valdez spewed 10.8 million gallons of crude oil in Alaska in 1989, I was horrified. I was so angered by not only that companies irresponsible destruction of habitat and commerce, but their callus and irresponsible lack of sufficient and meaningful effort to redress the horrible wrong they had perpetrated on our planet, people, and wildlife. I don’t… Continue reading

America’s Chernobyl

  “I don’t think I’m overstating the case by saying this is America’s Chernobyl.” —Louie Miller, Mississippi state director, Sierra Club, at a news conference on May 1, 2010, in Gulfport, Mississippi. Not overstating it?  Indeed! But, unless you live on the Gulf Coast, as does my extended family, unless you know people who will lose everything because their livelihood.… Continue reading