Frank Hayostek and Breda O’Sullivan captured the hearts of millions in the somber but celebratory days after World War II. Continue reading
Manon van der Molen is the kind of person who picks up trash off the beach. Plenty of people get upset about plastic trash at sea, mucking up our beaches. But Manon? She actually does something about it.
“I hate all the trash in the ocean,” Manon told me. A kindred spirit! She has even volunteered with the Archelon Marine Turtle Protection Association.
“My kids are amazed by all the plastic in the ocean and do not understand why people do that. See–even kids understand!” Indeed. I think kids often understand these things better than adults. It’s obvious, even to children, that too many of us are not taking care of the ocean. But we could.
So, when Manon was walking the beach with her family–her husband and three kids–on May 5th, 2017, at De Haan, Belgium, she was picking up plastic trash. That’s a great way to help! And sometimes, among the trash, we stumble upon a little “treasure”–a reward for cleaning the beach, in the form of an unexpected human connection. A reminder, perhaps, that while most of what’s floating around in the ocean is simply trash that shouldn’t be there, still…maybe, just maybe, one in a billion or so pieces of flotsam can create an amazing and beautiful connection between strangers.
“That’s when I found the tube,” she told Continue reading →
In 2012, according to The Olympian, Mattie and Jake Harrison sealed their wedding vows to each other in a bottle and set them adrift to mark the start of their journey through life together.
I was just thinking about fate and mystery…
I am often asked whether I feel like it is “fate” when I find a message in a bottle, or meet a sender. Continue reading →
Marseille’s shoreline glitters under the Mediterranean sun. Legend has it the first messages in bottles were sent in these very waters a couple thousand years ago by a Greek fellow named Theophrastus who hung out with both Plato and Aristotle.
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Well, I found Janet and Bruce LaClair’s message in a bottle in February 2008. They had sent it from the bridge in New Hope, Pennsylvania, in 1981.
But how would I find them? The message was older than I was! Continue reading →
Here’s the beautiful message in a bottle I found in 2007, sent by Ed and Carol Meyers on their first wedding anniversary in 1999.
I googled the names I found on the message, Ed and Carol Meyers, and found nothing. I searched the Fredericksburg white pages; nothing. I even emailed the resort whose stationary they used for the message, but never Continue reading →