A long visit from Alex, who lives in Hawaii, did much to redeem the year. It’s important to live in many worlds.
In Hawaii the garden year never ends. The garden year doesn’t really end here either. Cleaning up from the summer is simultaneous with harvesting late crops and planting fall and winter vegetables.
Not everything has cause to complain, however. We are entering a future that looks very bright for so-called jellyfish, very bright indeed. They are going to do extremely well, after all—as they have been doing for more than half a billion years.
With that in mind, it is high time to reconsider what we mean when we say ‘jellyfish’. The English word covers, nondescriptively, a vast host of disparate organisms: Ctenophora, Cnidaria, and our somewhat closer cousins the Tunicata. The tunicates are evolutionarily closer to us than they are to most other so-called jellyfish. Look, folks. Ignorance is not a virtue. Please join me, as an ambition for 2021, in learning our jellies. This is increasingly their world. We merely stand on the shores of it, setting fires.