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Photo by Sam Kapoi.
Just interviewed the master navigator behind the three-year odyssey of Hokulea, the Polynesian voyaging canoe that just completed its journey circumnavigating the globe—a total of 42,000 miles of untamed sea. Using the ancient art of ocean wayfinding, this sage captain and his crew charted much of their course by the stars with minimal use of modern sailing equipment through sometimes treacherous waters. His mission? To promote ocean awareness, human-marine connection, education, and long-term sustainability. I'll name this inspiring eco-hero soon!
Earlier this week I learned a friend of mine from college, an essential face to the Madison, Wis., music scene I frequented back in the late 1980s, had entered hospice. Just 52 years old. His bitter battle with cancer decided—and wrongly not in his favor. Last night he passed away. He was not given enough time to live his life; he was not. Lately I've been writing and thinking a lot about our short span here on Earth; for the better part of a year I've been working on a memoir called Keeping Mum: On Mothers & Mortality. In honor of my friend I'm sharing a passage from this nearly finished manuscript, which is a series of connected essays that together make (I hope) a greater whole. I've chosen a chapter, also set in Madison, from midway through the book, one that grapples with the confusion death brings to those left behind. And reveals how answers do sometimes find their way to you through unexpected messengers. RIP, Rick Fatke. This is for you.
Had the pleasure of interviewing musician and eco-warrior Jack Johnson this afternoon! Listened to his beautiful new album, talked ocean conservationism and the future of the planet, asked about his upcoming concert dates, and even—be still my heart!—shared a sofa with him as he sang to me. You know the drill ... I'll post the feature when it goes live!
Today I'm interviewing Star Trek and Guardian of the Galaxy alum Zoe Saldana! This former ballet dancer is in top physical shape—and she has to be, eating clean and taking meticulous care of her health. Why? Because she suffers from the autoimmune disorder Hashimoto's disease. I'll ask the star about how she copes with this condition, her work in the next installments of the Avatar series, motherhood and her new baby Zen (her third!), her pro-vaccine advocacy with Shot @ Life, and more for WebMD. Will post it when it goes live for the magazine and digital edition!
Photo: Wonders of the Sea 3D
Interviewing a legend this afternoon who's renowned for a lifetime of environmental activism. So wish I could name this hero now—but can't just yet! I'll reveal all this fall when the story goes live.
Just interviewed my first eco-warrior for an upcoming feature in a national publication that will celebrate 10 global heroes cleaning up our strained and polluted oceans. This environmental scientist is taking on the scourge of plastic debris ... watch this space to see who is named to the list, and how their efforts aim to stop plastic waste from ever entering our precious waters.