a starfish2  I have often thought that blogs are like children…if I could manage more, I’d have more…and I while I have a nearly unmanageable number of both blogs and children, there is always room for “just one more”.

Although I have decided not to add any more children to my family, I have decided to add another blog to my “stable” – this blog…which has been inspired by a very dear blogger friend of mine, Ralph, on Bluefish Way, who has become the Starfish Man to me and my family…as well as to so many others. Ralph has set out to make a positive difference in the lives of others, one person, one family, at a time – and he became the Starfish Man in the following way:

From: Ralph W

To: Lyann V

Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:26 PM


You were saying about other people being helped. You are at the end of a long list. Kiva loans, Hilda’s cats, Ute, Lori, Toni & Pedro etc. but you are welcome to my helping you. I know I can’t help everyone, but …….one at a time !! xx


From: Lyann V

Sent: 12 December 2012 16:06

To: Ralph W


Reminds me of a story about a boy who came across a man on a beach who was throwing starfish into the ocean. Looking at all the starfish that had washed ashore, the boy asked the man “what difference do you think you can make with all these starfish on the beach? What does it matter that you throw any of them back into the water?” The man picked up a starfish, threw it into the ocean and said “I made a difference to that one. That matters.”

I am so happy to hear of how you are helping the world, one person, one family at a time…every little bit of help makes a huge difference!




From: Ralph W

To: ‘Lyann V

Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:07 AM


One at a time………..starfish family !!


Hugs to you, Mr. Starfish Man


a starfish group

Starfish are amazing creatures, and I think it is worth knowing a bit about them…

According to National Geographic (“Inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888”):

Sea stars are purely marine animals, even using sea water instead of blood to pump nutrients throughout their bodies.

They have bony, calcified skin, which protects them from most predators, and many wear striking colors that camouflage them or scare off potential attackers. Purely marine animals, there are no freshwater sea stars, and only a few live in brackish water.

Beyond their distinctive shape, sea stars are famous for their ability to regenerate limbs, and in some cases, entire bodies. They accomplish this by housing most or all of their vital organs in their arms. Some require the central body to be intact to regenerate, but a few species can grow an entirely new sea star just from a portion of a severed limb.

This blog is where I will share positive things I come across…quotes, especially, but also whatever information I come across which is positive and may be encouraging to someone who is looking for regeneration of the human spirit.

a Cute-Starfish-Love


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