There are some stories that come our way here at Ever Widening Circles (EWC) and we just instantly say, “well that’s nice.” And in a complex world, that’s enough. Some things are just nice to know.

This is true of a small story we received in the form of a link from an EWC fan recently. She had lived near the Chesapeake Bay as a child, seen its decline and was beginning to be heartened by its renewal in the last few years.

Patty is a self-professed “foodie”, so, of course, she came at this nice story from that angle, but I hope after a few quick video shares, you’ll feel good about the bigger picture too!

Take a look at this lovely thing she sent us:

Now we could just sign off on this right there, but I had to know more about the science behind one of the largest unique ecosystems in the world almost collapsing. So, I found this next little gem that brings us all up to speed on a scale that includes much more than just the oysters from the Chesapeake.

Oysters and the Chesapeake Bay as a whole

After seeing this next video, you’ll understand why Ryan and Travis have so much to celebrate! Take a look…

Okay, now we’ve got a foundation to truly appreciate the role that oysters play as a “canary in the coal mine” when it comes to the environment. Now let’s finish strong with a lovely video-share that connects the ecosystem with one of the Chesapeake’s most delicious life cycles. This video is so interestingly quiet and beautifully done!

So there we have it. A little more knowledge and a lot more appreciation for the resilience of people and nature.

Thanks for taking this small journey with us today.

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Stay open, curious and optimistic!

~ Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. “Ryan and Travis Croxton — A Chesapeake Renaissance.” YouTube. Sub-Zero and Wolf, 07 Apr. 2016. Web. 10 Dec. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3FiE1j1npc>.
  2. “Life in the Chesapeake Bay.” YouTube. Lenfest Ocean Program, 09 Aug. 2016. Web. 10 Dec. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfBZ6a6E_i4>.
  3. “The Common•wealth – Eat.” Vimeo. Nathan Clarke, 6 Oct. 2014. Web. 10 Dec. 2016. <https://vimeo.com/108158157>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.