Manatee Fountain

Manatee Springs, Florida

Manatee Springs as described by William Bartram, July 1774

Having borrowed a canoe from some Indians, I visited a very great and most beautiful fountain or spring which boils up from between the hills about 300 yards from the river.

Throwing up great quantities of white small pieces of shells and white shell rock which, glittering through the limped eliment as they rise to the surface, subside and fall again roundabout on every side.

The basin of the fountain is nearly round and about 100 yards in circumference, the banks around about of a moderate steep assent cover’d with broken white shell and the water gradually deepens to the center of the fountain, where it is many fathoms deep.

The fountain is full of fish and alegators and at great depth in the water appear as plain as if they were close at hand.

The creek that runs from this immence fountain is above 20 yards wide and runs very swift into the river, carying its sea green transparent waters near 100 yards a cross the river.

The depth of the water of the creek 10 or 12 feets – where we see a continual concourse of fish of various kinds such as garr, catfish, mallet, trout, bream of various species, silver fish and pike and the monstrous amphabious maneta: a skeleton of which I saw on the bank of the spring which the Indians had lately killed.

The hills that nearly incompassed the spring were about 15 or 20 yards in height next the river but the land falls away considerably from the top of the hills and becomes a lower flat or nearly level forest of Pine, Oak, Bay, Magnolia and Cabbage trees.

The soil of the hills a loose greyish sandy mold on shelly and limestone rocks. The water of the spring cool and agreeable to drink. The Indians and traders say this fountain vents the waters of the great Alatchua Savanah.

§tacy §weeney

Muddy Alligators

Sargent | Muddy Alligators

Dear Barbara O’Neill,

I hope all is well with you.
Today is day 17 post COVID infection for me and my family, and no matter how well versed we are in hand washing, I”m positive we picked it up from our children and summer campers.

Is the world trying to control the uncontrollable? Clearly, there are two well divided groups: the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. With new data surfacing, both groups are further distinguishable: the reinfected – unvaccinated and the breakthrough infected – vaccinated. What has happened to our natural immunity against this disease?

I have not been vaccinated because I am afraid and concerned of a mercury additive, since mercury exposure is a cause of Multiple Sclerosis, but when I went to the to view the ingredient list of all three vaccinations by Moderna, Pfizer and J&J, I did not see mercury listed. is also saying the vaccine is safe and effective.

What are your thoughts?

Stacy Sweeney, RN


Ocoee River, TN | July, 2019

Dear Barbara O’Neill,

Metamorphosis is a slow process.
This ends my 7th week of healthier living, or, “practice makes permanent,” and I look forward to seeing my body reactions after one year, five years and even 10 years.

I’m oblivious to the rearview mirrors. Yesterday, I had the energy to review my health lecture notes from the retreat. The lessons you taught on body physiology were indispensable. For example, I have compartmentalized every aspect of life. It was my error to think that oxygen and arterial blood gases were only vital to the respiratory system.

Everybody dive in. I have been going to the outdoor swimming pool once a week, and when I leave, I feel stronger, happier and more alive. I invested in a MOBI non-contact infrared thermometer that I use often. Agatha Thrash (Home Remedies) would say it’s “the prompt and beneficial effects of cold,” but you taught me that it could be the sun, and it could be the fresh air (more oxygen.) It could be all three! It could be all seven!

It’s a bit of a science lesson.
“The cold upgrades the brain because it’s getting this flood of chemicals every time you immerse in that cold water (9° C).
Your whole body comes alive, and then as your body adapts, it just becomes easier and easier and you start to crave the cold.”

// Craig Foster, Marine Biologist (My Octopus Teacher, documentary)

Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Blackberries are coming in harvest, and Pam Allen has given me her tried and true recipe for a wonderful berry-pineapple dessert with coconut cream.

Thinking of you
as I continue
to move toward the heart
of true healing
I have rivers to raft
and mountains to climb
at the Ocoee
this 4th of July

Stacy Sweeney