Beach Teacher

By Carl Zimmer | August 15, 2009 2:30 pm

Now these are good office hours. I’m sitting in front of a big tide pool on a hot day at Appledore Island. My children are playing some Byzantine  game involving princesses on the raft in the middle of the pool. A student of mine has just walked passed me, snorkel and goggles in hand. “I’ve just sent you an outline for my project, and I’m going to take a break,” she says. As she floats off to gaze at the algae and the crabs, I use the awesome wireless on this island to check my email The outline is in my inbox. So by the time she’s done snorkeling, we can discuss it.

I’m doing my best to counter this tranquility by editing these students nearly to the point of tears. But my impersonation of John Houseman in the Paper Chase just can’t measure up on a day like this.


Comments (2)

  1. Wonderful! Let’s start planning for 2010!

  2. When I was at Appledore years ago, I looked longingly at the tidal pool, hoping to take a swim. Then I saw two seagulls fighting over the carcass of another of their kin, dragging it into the pool. I decided I didn’t need to swim after that (though I did take a quick dip off the dock one day).


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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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