Meditations in nature

“Everyone of us already has the seed of mindfulness. The practice is to cultivate it” -Thich Nhat Hanh To some, meditation may feel unaccessible. It’s a practice that often seems too time consuming, too difficult or unfamiliar, or maybe it just seems impossible simply because a quiet mind is a foreign concept. But truthfully, meditation […]

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5 benefits of spending time in nature

I think everyone can benefit from getting outdoors a little more, so this week I’m doing exactly that. I’m hiding away on Hog Island in Maine for a nature writing retreat. As I go into this week with a blank notebook, a pen, and an open-mind, I’m already beginning to think of all the benefits […]

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Through the eyes of an avid bird watcher

April 5th, 2019   I picked up Jess Drolet, a hobbyist bird watcher and biology major with an intended focus in ornithology at the Community College of Rhode Island, at her apartment in Providence. She greeted me with her usual friendly smile, climbing into my passenger seat wearing all black aside from neon yellow shoes, […]

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A Snowy Walk Through Wolf Hill

Wolf Hill Preserve Smithfield, RI   Silence. A gentle breeze snakes through the trees. Pine needles tickle each other, creating rustling all around. Birds sing in the distance. I’m reminded that the modern world is not far as the sound of the natural symphony is cut by the sound of a plane overheard.     […]

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Hiking trails I hit this June

If there’s anything you should put before yourself it’s the planet, and there are so many different ways to do this. At times it may be hard to see why the little steps you take make a difference to the big picture, but think of it this way: If every person did at least one […]

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Can’t handle the heat? Step away from the STEM

Being a woman is hard, and being a woman in the sciences is even harder. As a young girl who played in creeks, explored tide pools, and tried to save abandoned baby animals, I had no idea that challenges I would face as I pursued a career that followed those young interests. Through college I […]

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Twenty-four, twenty-seven: Why Kauai should open our eyes this Earth Day

“Our entire reality has been shattered at the mercy of Mother Earth in a single day. This crisis has been humbling and eye opening beyond what I can attempt to place into words. How fragile our existence truly is and how much we take for granted.” – Claire Michelle About 27 inches of rain in […]

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Finding Freya

Freya has finally figured out that my hand is not food, but a friend. Freya was named after a Scandinavian ice princess, as she’s been cold and standoffish ever since her arrival at the aquarium. She had moved from a facility on the west coast, and moving can be stressful for anyone. Yet not octopuses […]

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Thoughts on Working at an Aquarium

Like most people who commute into the city of Boston for work, I spend my mornings sitting in traffic and coping with uncomfortably crowded train rides. Bu that’s probably the only part of my day that I have in common with most commuters. While most are settling at desks or in meetings by 9 am, […]

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