Sponge Turtle Beach

I forgot about daylight savings time.   That I skipped a day in posting in November was not so much a conscious choice as a mis-reading of a deadline.    I had first noted back in January that the WP.com server seemed to advance to the next day’s date at 4pm in my time zone.    That slipped back to 5pm when we began observing daylight savings time.   I kind of forgot that it would go back to 4pm now that we are in standard time.    And so was startled and annoyed with myself when I pressed publish at 4-something on the ninth and published on the tenth.  Ah well.    Just as when I first realized that I wasn’t going to manage every day in 2012,  but kept on with it anyway,  missing the smaller November goal won’t stop me from trying to keep up with the rest of the month anyway.    And if I do manage to publish on each of the other 29 days,  that would make for 96% which is a solid A in my book.

The words Turtle Beach bring first to my mind Pat Conroy’s novel Beach Music,  in which several of the characters on a South Carolina island were working to preserve the endangered loggerhead turtle.    While it was certainly easy enough to summon up an image from Wikipedia,  I have to admit that I most know and know abut these extraordinary turtles from reading Conroy’s novel.   Novels can inform us about so many things,  it seems to me and I feel so fortunate for all of the novels I have been able to read and all those that I will yet get to.    I’ve lived a life rich in fiction and for that I feel blessed.

Sponge has me remembering an actual sponge I used to own.   I think I was like eight or nine years old when my parents took me on a driving trip to Florida.    And somewhere near a beach we stopped and ate a Greek restaurant where I bought an actual sponge.   I was amazed when told that local divers cut them from the rocks underwater.   I brought it home and displayed it proudly on my book shelves for years and years.   Though I have no idea whatever finally happened to it.    My thanks to Doug Wolfgram for suggesting today’s words.


43 comments on “Sponge Turtle Beach

  1. The time change can wreck havoc on our inner clocks as well 🙂 I dislike the fact it gets dark so much earlier this time of year and long for the sunshine hitting my face whilst lazying my day away on a beach somewhere. Maybe, Turtle Beach!

  2. I too think of the Hawaiian coastline when thinking about a turtle beach. I’ve seen many on each visit and each time is a highlight of the day. Living in San Diego provides an easy opportunity to see giant turtles in captivity, but it isn’t the same as seeing turtles in their natural turf.

  3. sponge turtle beach reminds me of cleaning my turtle bowl when I was young. I had a couple of small painted turtles. Once a week I would clean their enclosure. Not sure if I used a sponge but thats what I recalled with sponge turtle beach.

  4. I have never seen a turtle in RL – Think it would be great !!!! have seen many sponges – never really though much about them –

  5. First time I’ve heard of the author. I’ll have to ask Lynn if she has read his work. Daylight savings does not bother me in any way. Upon seeing the words, images of beautifully combed white sand and the lush green grass.on the golf course. Good times, good times

  6. I am not a fan of daylight savings time at all. Yes, I know that it’s a necessary evil in today’s united business world, but it’s just not nice on the body or mind. Sucks that it messed with your schedule too!

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  8. We’ve been through the daylight time change, but going the other way, days getting longer, rising earlier, sun departing later each day – sponges, turtles and beaches give rise to thoughts of the lazy days of summer. Thank you, Alan

    • Somehow, as we get ready for the winter rains (we’re expecting four rain storms in the next five days) it is comforting to think of you enjoying summer way down there on the other end of the world, Tom. Thanks so much for being such a loyal friend.

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