Stop Asking, Start Doing

As some of you know, I am becoming increasingly passionate about preserving and protecting our oceans. I have made some efforts to try raising funds for charitable contributions, but so far that has not been very lucrative. I continue to look for new ideas of things to create, but I do not always have the necessary free time to bring those ideas to light as quickly as I would like to. It is a bit frustrating for me because there are not many opportunities available to do anything that is “hands-on” being that I live in the mitten state. Recently though, while on vacation in Florida, I was sadly faced with such an opportunity.

It was day one of our vacation, and we made our way down to Ft. Lauderdale beach. The sand was glistening in the sun, and the sea looked as lovely as ever. After spending a few moments in the sand, absorbing that glorious Florida sunshine, I went to join my boyfriend Dan in the wonderful salty waters of the Atlantic. It was a spectacular day filled with radiant sunlight, warm temperatures, a gentle tide, and plastic.

Yes, before I knew it, I was faced with countless pieces of plastic items floating all around me. It all began with a potato chip bag, then another, then a water bottle, and so many other random pieces of plastic drifting in the surf. After making a few trips back and forth to the beach with hands full of plastic items, Dan said to me, “Gloria, you could spend all day doing this”. I sensed that he felt I was wasting my time. My response was simply this, “I know I can’t save all the oceans, but I can do this much.” At that moment, he paused, looked around and began retrieving plastic as well. We spent about an hour, if not more, cleaning the ocean, and when we were finished we had collected approximately a gallons worth of plastic from the Atlantic. I make the guess of a gallon because all the items fit into, and filled, the plastic gallon jug we also pulled from the ocean.

This was not exactly how I envisioned beginning my vacation. And while it deeply saddened me to see such carelessness and disregard by humans, I am thankful to have had the opportunity to make a difference.

Now that I am back in the chilly little mitten, I feel more determined than ever to find ways to help the oceans, and in turn, our planet. Our beautiful planet Earth cannot sustain itself without our oceans being able to thrive. We cannot simply sit back and ask, “What can I do?”. We must stop telling ourselves we cannot do enough to make a real difference, and then choose to do nothing. Because the truth is, every little bit does help. Dan and I could not clean the entire ocean, but there is a gallons worth less of plastic in the Atlantic, and we did that!

Please be conscientious of what you are doing. Think before you litter. Look for ways to make a difference, no matter how small they may seem. Opportunities always present themselves, you just have to keep your eyes open. Do research. Write a letter. Sign a petition. Make a donation, even if it is only $5. Just do something.

I have found several organizations that are committed to making a difference. I will list them below, and I hope you take a moment to look into them. And it does not matter if you “believe in global warming” or not. The fact of the matter is that our oceans are polluted; our entire planet is polluted, and we are the only ones who can make it better.

Together we can all make a difference.

Peace & Love,



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Greetings! I guess you're here to find out who I am...looks like we're in the same boat. I have been writing poetry since I was 16, not because I thought it was a "cool thing to do", but because if I didn't my head would have exploded. With a multitude of words billowing through my brain, I had no other choice but to let them out. Some have been funny, many have been sad, but mostly, they've been guideposts. Unfortunately, I do not write as much as I would like to, but I hope to rectify that. Aside from poetry, I dabble in novel-writing. I have many ideas jotted down, some of them I've started, and maybe one day I will actually get one finished (if I just didn't have to worry about working, paying bills, and simple basic survival). I spend a lot of my time supporting my kids dreams. My daughter is a musician, and my son is an athlete, so between music gigs and school sporting events, my time is pretty much consumed...but I love every single moment of it!! I am also passionate about environmental issues; always looking for ways to lend a hand. Currently, I have an Etsy shop where I sell crocheted items that I have personally made. A portion of the proceeds are going to be donated to two of my favorite charities; Mission Blue and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. You can learn more at Other than that, I love to travel! I hope to see as much of the world as possible. There is so much more out there than just where we are, and I feel it is a gift that we should not take for granted. Once upon a time I was a runner (though some may have called it jogging with enthusiasm), but my Achilles decided it didn't like that anymore so now we walk. I'm beginning to venture into yoga, which so far has been a pleasant experience, and if time will permit, I would like to start doing some hiking. I also love music and going to concerts, coffee is my best friend, and over thinking is my worst enemy. So that's pretty much me in a nutshell. Nothing too fancy or exciting, just a 40-something still trying to figure it all out. I hope you enjoy my ramblings. g. P. S. Remember, "Agree to disagree, for not one person is ever truly right."

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