China to Stop Processing and Selling Ivory in 2017

A great start to 2017: News that China will stop processing and selling ivory.

One of the many sources: Independent of the UK:

which states that between 2006 and 2016, approximately 100,000 elephants were killed by poachers for ivory tusks. We can’t reverse deaths, but I hope this new ruling will give the elephants a chance to survive and that the poachers will not move on to other illegal activity. I wish for a future in which people don’t harm each other, animals or the environment. In my job, I work to add educational opportunities to people in the US and other countries to learn new skills and create new jobs. My hope is that people will have options and not have to kill anything or anyone to earn money. I agree with the philosophy of the organization, Tusk, which states:

” . . . the future of Africa’s unique wildlife relies heavily on our ability to successfully link the livelihoods of the local people with the benefits of preserving their natural heritage. ”


January 1, 2017 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

The Best of All Possible Worlds

“The Best of All Possible Worlds” – A Poem by Marie Etzler

The tree has given me the answer:

“Just because much of the world is in bad shape, doesn’t mean I should be.

I am shining in my fullness.

My leaves are green and healthy.

My trunk is strong.

Together we sway in the tropical breeze to the music of the Earth. We are an example of the beauty that can be.

We exemplify what is possible.”


*This answer came to my recurring question: With all the terrible events in the world, with all the suffering, how do we go on? Where am I to find purpose? How can I possibly make a difference? This has troubled me, and will again, but today, at this moment, the message is clear as I see the palm fronds tossing back and forth in the breeze, just as they were designed to do. They are fulfilling their purpose. Thus I can take purpose from their example. There is no reason to degrade oneself and act like others who do less. There must be examples of good and beauty, and the tree was it for me today. Thank God for the tree.

August 6, 2016 at 8:38 am 1 comment

Why I miss Downton Abbey on Sunday Nights

Since “Downton Abbey” ended, I realized that I had a ritual on Sunday nights to watch it. I’d finish whatever else I was doing, maybe make something to drink and a snack, take the dogs out so they hopefully wouldn’t need to go out again for the next 1 – 2 hours, and then I could sit down undisturbed and watch the show.

I would watch it in the bedroom because my husband was usually watching something else in the living room. He absolutely did not want to watch Downton Abbey. No way. Yes, he’s great, but it can be – let’s use the word –  “challenging” to watch a show or movie with him because he often talks over the dialog. Then I have to tell him to stop, then he gets annoyed, and who needs that?

That worked out fine because I realized one of the benefits of watching the show was the “me time” it gave me. I’d rather go in another room, shut the door, relax and see what evil thing Mary was going to do next; what situation Robert Grantham was going to let slide; what Anna was going to hide from Mr. Bates; what hilarious acerbic thing Lady Grantham would say; or any other number of plots and subplots.


Then on Monday I’d call my mom and we go back and forth saying things like, “Can you believe what she did?” or “I can’t stand him!” and on and on. It was fun.

Now I call up and we talk about the weather. Ho hum.

Now my husband watches some some fishing show and talks to the TV and then to me and then to the TV again.

So I found a new way to have “Me Time” – I’m writing my own story!

April 10, 2016 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

Wikipedia waits for you, and me

My Life is not a Web App

Can’t click “Pause” on the future


Or even slow it down


“Wikipedia Waits for You” (sung in the tune of Billy Joel’s “Vienna Waits for You”)

Empty dates await like empty tombs


I just donated to Wikipedia. Since I use their site almost every weekday as my after-lunch transition back to work, I figured it was about time I sent them a little dough. Merry Christmas, Wikipedia!

The page beckons like a crooked finger of a skeleton in a fairy tale

Appointment in Samarra

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Wikipedia waits for you

Macabre, maybe; my sense of humor has darkened over the past year. And I don’t want to watch the news any more. This is just me. Maybe it’s better not to say anything because some people take things the wrong way. Don’t take this the wrong way. It’s all in one crystal ball, swirling around like clouds floating over the oceans. Inextricable.

If and when



“Time before and time after”

December 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm Leave a comment

Captain Jack Etzler: Breuil Boat Brochure

My father in law, Jack Etzler, who passed away in March of 2015, was a boat captain all his working life. After a few years in the Navy, he worked as a mate and then a captain.

We found this yacht brochure in his papers. It’s for Breuil Enterprise yachts, cruisers, and sportfishermen  in 1964. He is driving the boat on the front cover of the brochure, and he’s also on an inside photo. I scanned a few pages of the brochure and saved it as a PDF linked here: Breuil_boats_brochure_Jack.

cover of a Breuil boats yacht brochure 1964The Breuil Boat Company was located at Harbour One, 17201 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami Florida. It was started by Jim Breuil, who died in 2002. Harbor One is now known as Maule Lake Marina at the same address. News reports I’ve found indicate the marina land may be changed into condos, or maybe even floating islands built for the lake, similar to floating islands in The Netherlands.

Capt. Jack handled many types of boats in his day, from Miami to the Bahamas, to Greece and back. He fished tournaments and saw things that no longer exist such as large schools of giant tuna swimming in the sea. We plan to dedicate a commemorative plaque or stone at the IGFA museum in Dania for him. His wife passed away three months before him. He is survived by his son, Jay.

July 26, 2015 at 10:44 am Leave a comment


rosesMy friend, Rose, died in October.

December 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

In Memoriam: Greg Horne

My brother-in-law, Greg Horne, died on September 15, 2014. He was the person who introduced me to WordPress in 2007, back when there wasn’t much user documentation written for non-technical people. You had to type in your own HTML code to insert links. WordPress has come a long way. Greg was always helpful when I had questions back then.

Here’s a photo of him and my sister at Yesteryear Village, near the Morikami Gardens in Florida, 2006:

MorikamiWe all went to the Japanese gardens at Morikami that day too. He liked to take photographs. Here are a few:

MorikamiDid you see the little green lizard?

Morikami-lakeMay he rest in peace.

September 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

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