Our Living World is Dying
Stacey Worman, 2006-2007 Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellow
Date: September 3, 2006
To: Undisclosed recipients
Re: Off the ship...
At her conception, Heraclitus' creators envisioned more than just another ship out there on the open ocean. Instead, they dreamt of building a vessel to house a human culture of 'sea-people' who freely explored the expanses of our blue planet. And since being brought to life in Oakland in 1974, she has been taken around our planet three times as the devout flagship of various oceanic expeditions, facilitating projects ranging from the first successful release of captive dolphins off the coast of Georgia to the genetic testing of humpback whales in Antarctica . But regardless of the fact that the individuals comprising her crew are transitory and the ensemble's task is forever changing, she remains an enchanting vessel for all those who hop aboard for a dance. And now that my own dance with her has ended and all my memories with her have been made, I'd like to share with you the story of what happened between the time I made my entrance and my exit from her stage.
But to avoid overloading you all (and myself), I'm going to be sending it in an indeterminate number of time-released installments, starting soon. In the meantime, I've posted pictures from the adventure online!
Since saying my farewell to PCRF's crew, I have started WWOOFing around Australia . I'm currently living with an Australian family of four who are building their own energy efficient home in the backcountry. I've been hauling rocks and surveying land for the hydro-electric system that they are getting ready to install. And I've been spending my free time showering, exploring national parks, drinking real milk, reading, writing, and not doing arithmetic...
All is well on my end.
I hope you all can say the same.
And I'll be in touch soon;