IMG_1786My undergraduate degree was from Duke, where I earned a BA in English. I studied with some world class teachers there, and knew it. But unlike many Duke graduates, I didn’t stay in touch with the faculty, and I didn’t go to reunions. I was absorbed in my New York life, and later involved with other colleges—first Harvard, and later Hunter and The Graduate Center.

IMG_1790Many years later, I was looking through a Duke magazine, and read about a Duke Marine Lab program featuring sea turtles.

I have a special interest in turtles. I’ve twice gone south to see turtle hatches, one of the most wonderful and magical experiences I’ve had. Here was an opportunity to learn a lot about sea turtles, including what turned out to be the touching release of a rehabilitated sea turtle. We enjoyed it thoroughly.

Recently we’ve arranged rocks for sunning in the little pond behind our Connecticut house, and acquired turtles. They are great fun to watch. But ours head for the bottom of the pond the minute there’s a hint of chill in the air. We’ll see them next spring, along with our carp.

IMG_3015IMG_2961Duke never ceases to attract me and my family for one or another activity. I have long wanted to go to Madagascar to see lemurs, but it’s a very long trip to see even the cutest little animals. As it turns out, minutes away from the heart of Duke’s West Campus, visitors can see 246 lemurs, representing 20 species!

Dave and I, and four relatives made the trip to Duke, where we were able to get close to the adorable creatures. (We were warned not to try to touch them.) It was a great experience. (Who needs to go to Madagascar?)