It’s tempting to say that the biggest cause of struggle is Moonlight Mesa’s rural location - being housed on the borderline of a dinky seasonal community and a small cowboy town. This hurts, but it's not the only issue. Not being a coastal state, Arizonans generally tend to be indifferent to the issues that Moonlight Mesa’s publisher finds to be a priority. “This is to be expected, I suppose. Arizona has issues and problems of its own to deal with that are troublesome: drought and potential water shortage; rapid growth due to a massive influx of newcomers; and border issues to name a few. Expected, but disappointing,” Coffield said.
So, what is the publisher's focus? Three primary areas hold the publisher’s center of attention: the Ocean; Whales; and The Rights of Nature. That is, of course, a simplification, but it generally sums it up. Coffield is also a supporter of NRDC, CELDEF, and GARN.*
For starters, as chairperson of the JUST ONE THING Alliance, Coffield decided to house the small, grass-roots movement on Moonlight Mesa’s website as its own domain. (www.justonething.life) She has also recently added Moonlight Mesa’s publication, Saving Our Oceans. (www.saving-our-oceans.com) as a domain on the website.
“Though the addition of these two domains to Moonlight Mesa’s website does not in any way help book sales or the company, the fact is it’s a step in going where I have to go,” Coffield said.
Coffield became an ocean/whale devotee after spending six years blue-water sailing on a Cal 2-34, traveling around 25,000 miles, then living on the Oregon Coast for many years. Originally from the Northwest, Coffield has spent years boating in the San Juan Islands and traveling the Inside Passage to the Broughton Islands and S.E. Alaska. "I've had fantastic whale encounters in S.E. Alaska," Coffield recalled. "And, of course, a person can't help but love the Southern Resident Pod that hangs out in the San Juans." Coffield is currently endeavoring to complete a Marine Naturalist Certification.
It’s become apparent to all who know the publisher that she (and her husband) are fish out of water living in Arizona – The big question is “for how much longer?” She's choosing not say at this time -
Meanwhile, look for the saving-our-oceans.blog in the very near future.
*NRDC – Nature Resource Defense Council
CELDEF: Community Environmental Defense Fund
GARN – Global Alliance for Rights of Nature
Submitted by Renee Witty