Wednesday, April 27, 2016

life in the bliss syrup

Naturist guests (and new friends!) enjoy blissful late afternoon moments at the Bliss Beach plunge pool before migrating to the Ananda Pavilion for a spiritual sunset experience. Learn more about naturism at Paya.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

600-mile-long reef discovered at the mouth of the amazon

Oceanographer Patricia Yager has been studying the Amazon River plume—where nearly one-fifth of the world’s river water discharge gushes into the Atlantic Ocean—for the past 15 years. But even with her level of expertise, she was shocked by the discovery of a 600-mile-long reef below the murky waters off Brazil’s northern coastline, stretching from the French Guiana border to Brazil’s Maranhão state. More than 73 species of fish, spiny lobsters, sea stars, 60 species of sponges, and even invertebrate species not yet identified were discovered living along the reef, according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances. “‘Astounded’ is really the word,” said Yager, an associate professor of marine sciences at the University of Georgia and coauthor of the study. “It’s so muddy there, you just assume that it all ends up resting on the sea floor. There’s no way coral could survive down there, but it’s there.”
- Yahoo News

Wow! Life is nothing if not tenacious. This gives me hope for our much abused and injured planet.

Monday, April 25, 2016

east bliss

This morning it was relatively quiet on Bliss Beach. The guests who were there were enjoying the center and western half of the beach. I took the opportunity to take theses photos of the eastern side, including the Black Iguana beach bar and the beachside plunge pool. Such a beautiful place!

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Friday, April 22, 2016

video: leonardo dicaprio's bold earth day speech to united nations

BAM! I like this guy better and better all the time. Universe, I would love to have a bromance with Mr. Leonardo.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

crying purple tears

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your amazing gifts to humanity, Prince! The highest in me bows in deep reverence to the highest in you.
Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life
Electric word life
It means forever and that's a mighty long time

But I'm here to tell you
There's something else
The afterworld

A world of neverending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night
So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
You know the one,
Dr. Everything'll-Be-Alright
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind, baby

'Cause in this life
Things are much harder than in the afterworld
In this life
You're on your own

fresh herbs

This morning Mom brought fresh herbs and mutton peppers from her garden for use in the restaurant. Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

funny stuff

I'm a fan of Hillary, but regardless, I have to admit this Internet meme is very clever, twisted, and funny!

I say, consider this:

If psychotic Donald Trump is going to try to paint Mrs. Clinton as "crazy," perhaps she ought to call his bluff, embrace it, and make this song the theme of her campaign. Just saying.

video: mr. brown coffee

Mr. Brown Coffee, a Taiwanese company that manufactures and markets coffee drinks, produced this slick video that highlights the beauty of Honduran culture, its history, and its coffee producing regions.

let there be art!

This afternoon I delivered to Ruthlen sixteen blank "canvasses" (24-inch marine plywood squares painted white). Ruthlen is a local artist we are engaging to create original art for our rooms. It will be exciting to see the progeny of her creativity!

food for thought

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

alligator head

The "alligator head" rock formation on the west side of Bliss Beach is a particularly magnificent piece of God art in its own right. When the sea is calm, I enjoy swimming alongside it and admiring its massive, rugged, slightly-terrifying beauty.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

it's cashew season!

This afternoon Whitney, Steven, and Emily dropped by to sell me roasted cashew seeds. The girls' mom, Ruthlen, is a recently-discovered artist and we are engaging her to create original island art for our rooms.

The faces of angels.

(Hat tip to my friends Lynn and Mike for discovering Ruthlen's impressive talent).