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Do not be small minded. Do not pray for gourds and pumpkins from God, when you should be asking for pure love and pure knowledge to dawn within every heart. ~ Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Great Swan by Lex Hixon Advertisements

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Katie at the Tidepools, Moss Beach CA, 1976

Sara, how nice to get such a quick response. Please forward my email to Bob for sure (including this one). Don’t know if he remembers me as Katie Scheffelin, but boy do I remember him! He was just great and so encouraging while I was studying our beloved tidepools. Those are days I will forever treasure. I hope you are enjoying your days down there as much as I did!

Will send books out this week. Thanks so much…

Catherine Todd (Katie) see photos, blog, music etc. below
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On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 11:59 AM, Sarah Lenz wrote:

Hi Catherine,
Thanks for your email. I will for sure pass this on to Bob! Although he no longer works at the park he is still very involved in taking care of this place. We are lucky! I do have a library of books here in the visitor center and would be delighted to add your collection to it if you so choose.

Our mailing address:

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Sarah Lenz, Park Ranger
P.O. Box 451
Moss Beach, Ca. 94038

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Sarah Lenz Continue reading

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Quotes ~ Dreams

Wonderful quotes from an artist mentioned on Jane Fonda’s blog. Continue reading

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Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Came across this article, and just had to write! I have some beautiful books on the Pacific Coast Tidepools I can send you if you have a library for them. Just let me know… So glad there is a group looking after the tidepools! There was just Bob Breene for so many years, and I would come down there and help out at low tide when I wasn’t cataloging and photographing. I lived in Half Moon Bay for many years, and loved every minute of it.
Do you have an email address for Bob so I can say hi?

Catherine Todd / Katie Scheffelin (contact and links below)


Here’s the note I left on the website:

Catherine Todd Your comment is awaiting moderation.
August 3, 2010 at 11:13 · Reply

To Bob Breen, I don’t know if you remember me, but I was going to college at San Jose State and living in Half Moon Bay, studying the tidepools. I found, photograph, drew pictures and described the wonderful, myriad specimens available to be seen at low tides at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, when you were working there back in 1976. Those were some of the most interesting and happiest days of my life! I have always wondered how things were going, and was very happy to read that the area is still being looked after, due in large part to your efforts for the past 40 years! I’m heading over to “Friend of the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve” right now to see what’s been going on.

Thanks for your World Ocean Day notice above and I will do all I can to help. I still have some excellent books on the Pacific Coast tidepools that I would like to donate to anyone who asks. I live in North Carolina now, for many years, and also live part time at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, so hope these books can continue to have a useful and inspiring life with those that appreciate our natural world the most. Anyone can write me at CatherineTodd2 at gmail dot com. Thanks for everything, Bob… here’s hoping you get this message!

PS: I forgot to list my maiden name back then, Katie Scheffelin. It’s now “Catherine Todd” but I’m still the same! I was at SJSU from 1976 to 1978, probably, and down at the tidepools around that time.

And the Friends website:
Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve – Welcome
Provided by the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, an environmental organization dedicated to education and conservation of our marine resources.

Catherine Todd
3007 Bent Tree Dr. Oxford NC 27565
H 919.693.0853 U.S. cell 919.605.0727

Guatemalan Arts & Crafts (GAC)
Panajachel, Lake Atitlan
Guatemala cell (dial 011 from the U.S.):
(502) 5013.6300

For 2010:

“The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need do is set our sails.”
~ Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa ~ Gospel of Ramakrishna

Peace and justice are goals for man.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

John 16:33. “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart, for I have overcome the world” Continue reading

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Trifid Nebula

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2010 July 28
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The Trifid Nebula is Stars and Dust
Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler; Data Acquisition: Ryan Hannahoe

Explanation: Unspeakable beauty and unimaginable bedlam can be found together in the Trifid Nebula. Also known as M20, this photogenic nebula is visible with good binoculars towards the constellation of Sagittarius. The energetic processes of star formation create not only the colors but the chaos. The red-glowing gas results from high-energy starlight striking interstellar hydrogen gas. The dark dust filaments that lace M20 were created in the atmospheres of cool giant stars and in the debris from supernovae explosions. Which bright young stars light up the blue reflection nebula is still being investigated. The light from M20 we see today left perhaps 3,000 years ago, although the exact distance remains unknown. Light takes about 50 years to cross M20.

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Worlds Beyond

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