Monday, June 8, 2009

Today is World Oceans Day

And like so many other holidays for which one can't readily find a Hallmark card, it takes a minute or so for its message to sink in and urge you to stop and smell the roses, oceans, grandparents, whatever.
The United Nations has declared that, every year, we should celebrate our oceans and engage in positive learning experiences about and explorations of your connection to three-fourths of the Earth's surface, or as it is known more commonly: "humanity's used plastics depository."
The oceans have been an important part of my life, what with the boating and all, and truth be told, the solid and floating bits, the boats, are actually also very important because without them, I would probably have a much more conflict-ridden relationship with the oceans. Where's the holiday for them? I mean, besides Spring Break and Labor Day. Let's just say that I appreciate and commemorate this World Oceans Day whenever someone reminds me that it's today.
This year, it was a newstory with the dateline Lunenburg. Beverly Ware got to talk with the captain of the Bluenose II, a lovely fishing schooner that (some insist) goes pretty fast and is pretty, also. DID YOU KNOW: You are, by Nova Scotian law, required to have an image of the Bluenose (I or II) in your possession as a provision of citizenship. Lucky that it's on the back of a coin. (There is, however, no actual imperative to carry a picture of Queen Elizabeth, but they do. Because they're the nicest people in North America.) Easier to carry than that balsa wood model with real running rigging
She also had to chat with New Bedford's own ocean-defending John Bullard, who was up there on the brigantine with the P.G. Wodehouse name,From SEA's site, and nary a Bertie nor Aunt Dahlia in sight. Cowwith Creamer, teaching pretty boat and Sea Education Association stuff. Many others share their ocean sentiments, including a youngster, who is of the generation for whom we oldsters should be making the oceans better, or at least not worse. Here: read it for yourself.

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