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California born by a Cuban mother, married to a Japanese man, and have lived in Japan since 2004, minus one year living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I have friends and family in many places in the world. I dreamed of traveling to many distant lands, creating music and dancing to it, meeting interesting people, and discovering treasures in the most unlikely of places.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Rachel Carlson

Watching Bill Moyers Journal: Remembering Rachel Carson with Kaiulani Lee...
I started looking into Rachel Carlson after some reading on Sustainable Urban Development stated her book as the beginning of the modern environmental movement. I would just like to quote one beautiful passage from Kaiulani Lee's play, which often directly used Carlson's own words.

"The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth. That, I take it, is the aim of literature. My own purpose was always to portray the subject of the sea with fidelity...I never stopped to consider if I was writing scientifically or poetically... The winds, the sea, the moving tides, and what they are. If there is wonder and beauty, majesty in them, science will discover these qualities. If they're not there, science cannot create them... If there is poetry in my books about the sea, it's not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one can write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry."

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