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The Peculiar
Maggot Moon
The City and the City
The Road
A Certain Slant of Light
The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Brown Girl in the Ring
Well Wished
The Innkeeper's Song
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
American Indian Myths and Legends
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Return of the King
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Take Away

The Denver aquarium was crowded and loud today with families on spring break outings.  But here in Colorado, almost as far away from an ocean as it is possible to get in North America, four students and I sat for half an hour in dim light, knees pressed right up against the glass, and sketched sharks and sea turtles as the glided gracefully past us.  These large ancient creatures, so frightening and fascinating, swam circuits of their tank, oblivious to our existence, as far as I could tell. 

I’ve been hearing a new catch phrase in the air: “Take Away.” 
These kinds of things irritate me and I have heard this one a lot lately.  A docent at the aquarium said that the stocks of large fish in the world’s oceans have gone down to only ten percent of what they were fifty years ago.  It is true.  I just looked it up online.  The study was published in the journal Nature in May of 2003.  Maybe that is why “take away” irritates me so much.  It’s like a naïve punch line for the culture of heedless unsustainable consumption that I swim in, oblivious to the sources that sustain my existence, as far as they can tell.


  1. It sounds like your day was incredible. I like how you connect it to the larger problem facing our world. It seems to me that we still don't get it - if we destroy this world we don't have another one to move to.

  2. And the news today from Japan tells us that the near ocean waters are testing high with radiation. What next? I too liked the way you connected the present learning with broader issues. Our students learn so much from your trips. Thank you, Katie!