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Sandy Sheehy: “Imperiled Reef”

Sandy Sheehy:  “Imperiled Reef”

 

 





Introduction to Sandy Sheehy.  1:13 min.  Interview:  Raymond Elman.  Post-Production:  Lee Skye.  Music:  Dee Yan-Key.  Recorded via Zoom:  10/2/2021, Miami.
 

 

 

SANDY SHEEHY has written frequently on human relationships and the natural environment. Her work has appeared in Town & Country, Forbes, House Beautiful, Self, Working Woman, and Money, among other national magazines. She is the author of Texas Big Rich (1990, William Morrow), a group portrait of the state’s financially fortunate, and Connecting: The Enduring Power of Female Friendship (2000, HarperCollins). Her first novel, Deserts of the Heart, is a multicultural historical romance set in 1798 near Santa Fe (June 2021, White Bird Publications). Her third nonfiction book, Imperiled Reef: The Fascinating, Fragile Life of a Caribbean Wonder, due out October 5, 2021, from University of Florida Press, grew out of her love of scuba diving. “Drifting weightless above a coral head is the closest those of us alive today will ever come to visiting another planet,” she explains.

A graduate of Vassar College, Sheehy divides her time between Texas and New Mexico, with her husband, history professor emeritus Charles McClelland.

The videos below were recorded via Zoom, are organized by Success Factor, and run between 30 seconds and 7 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos. 

 

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:   1:44 min.





Where did you grow up, and what was your first awareness of art of any discipline?
 

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  1:44 min.





Were you an avid reader as a youth?
 

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:  0:35 sec.





When did you start thinking that you could be a writer?
 

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  3:49 min.





Where did you go to school, and what did you learn that still informs you today?
 

 

CRITICAL THINKING:   2:51 min.





Most journalists I know have the ability to become instant “experts” on whatever topic they are writing about.
 

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:   3:16 min. 





What was the impetus for you to get involved with SCUBA diving?
 

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  5:34 min. 





Please talk about the degradation that most reef systems have been experiencing in the 21st century.
 

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  6:29 min. 





Tell us about the issue of “eco-colonialism” from the perspective of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
 

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  3:52 min.





Even though it’s essential that we do whatever we can now to help the reefs, do you have any hope for the health of the reefs in the next few decades?
 

 

PERSEVERANCE FURTHERS: 0:37 sec.





“Imperiled Reef” contains a lot of scientific information and language. How long did it take you to get comfortable with the science?
 

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  0:50 sec.





What’s your favorite dive site?
 

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:   0:39 sec.





When will you be presenting at the Miami Book Fair 2021?