This is a sample of a story that I hope to be published. I hope that you enjoy it, and will spread the word.

 

Sample of Eban and the Dolphins

                                                                The Beginning

 

About a half-mile from shore, where it was still easy for them to surface, but not shallow enough to be dangerous, a pair of dolphins grabbed some air and time to communicate.

 

“We’re a way out. That didn’t take long.”

 

“My grandmom, Heecahal, says that she used to be able to do it faster than most of the pod. She had to, one time when my dad was caught in netting and coral and stuff.”

 

“Did she get him out?”

 

“You’ve heard the song. Eban got him out. He was really young at the time, and he had a sharp object. He cut my dad free. It was, maybe, the first time that the pod realized that a human could be a life saver.He’d come to live with them maybe three months before that. They’d never adopted a human before.”

 

 The memory encouraged the young dolphin to think back. The story created moving pictures in his mind. =======================================================================

 

   The moon glinted on the ocean. The folds of light of the water created a natural light show that entranced the community, and energized everyone’s swimming. The group was heading north, and the light felt to the dolphins that they were previewing the Northern Lights, as the waves jumped and flashed: alternately covering and releasing the glowing flashes.

 

 The dolphins were preparing to submerge in the water. Each time they did, Eban kept above them because the water pressure of his community’s deep swimming was too much for him. During the trip, however, the community took turns to swim with him and to allow him to hold onto their fins to enable him to keep to their pace.

 

The community looked out for predators, too, and transmitted potential danger from sharks and fishing boats.   Hilackil and Heecahal were Eban’s frequent companions and teachers. They were impressed that Eban had learned quickly how to travel with them. They worried some about Eban’s potential encounters with danger, especially since the greatest threat to the swimmers came from Eban’s species, and they talked to him about it.

 

“You must avoid ships and even small boats,” Hilackil warned. “Our old stories told of many humans’ hunting us and whales. We know that some areas are safer, now, but the hunters are still in some places. There are also large nets that have caught some of us. We can help you to avoid sharks, but people’s weapons are more dangerous.”

 

                                                       *  *  *

The community was alerted one morning by cries from Heecahal, who was about a quarter of a mile away. Everyone swam towards her sounds, to see that Jiweetah was caught in a tangle of netting and coral growth. The calf struggled, but he could not free himself, and his mother could not reach the netting to bite it. They needed a smaller being, and Eban, who had a large knife, realized that he could free the young dolphin. Eban swam to his small bundle of possessions and grabbed the knife. Eban had learned many of the dolphins’ moves, and he had the agility and size of a young human. Additionally, he had earned the trust of his playmate, and the calf did not struggle as his human friend approached.

 

Swimming close to the netting and the coral, Eban loosened the binding materials on all sides. Cut, flip, turn. Cut, flip, turn. The netting and plants gave way under the human’s sharp invention. Feeling himself unbound, the calf flipped over into freedom. The adult dolphins swam around Eban and the calf in celebration.

 

Eban realized that he had a new status: he no longer was a human whom his community looked to help; he was a member who could help – he had tools and knowledge that the dolphins needed.

 

That night, a new song began in the community:

 

Eban, our hero.

Eban, who saved one of us.

Eban, with his weapon, saved one of us. 

 

                                                               *  *  *

   

                                                    Eban Makes A Choice

His memories of childhood were those mostly of being dropped off by car from one place to another. Eban’s parents had dropped him off as a baby into the foster care system. He had no recollection of them, and his experiences of foster care were those of being one of many children. He usually had had enough to eat, and clothes to wear; however, Eban had been mostly ignored by his guardians.

 

When he was eight years old, the adventurous boy liked to walk along the shore of the east coast near to his most recent foster family’s house. From time to time, he was rewarded by seeing dolphins swimming nearby. He waded into the water to play with them: splashing with them and sharing nudges and head bumps. They whistled and called to each other as they swam with and nudged Eban.  Their apparent friendliness and playfulness made him smile and want to get to know more about them. He began to read about them, even as he ignored his school lessons. The resulting bad grades angered his foster families. They sometimes called him stupid and lazy, so that he didn't want to share his passion with them, or to explain why his school lessons held for him no interest anymore. Eventually, it didn't matter to Eban that his human families were not friendly to him, for he had begun to play and to learn from the beings who swam near the coast.

 

Eban became a boy who loved dolphins. He decided that he wanted to live with a pod of bottlenose dolphins with which he was friendly. He had gotten to know them during four years, and developed ties to them that were stronger than those to most of the humans he knew.  He went to a low cliff under which he knew the dolphins passed, to talk to them about his hope. Eventually, he saw one, then a few, then many. The boy jumped and waved to signal to them. Four of them swam over to him. There were sweet and compassionate expressions on their faces as they exchanged greetings with Eban.

 

"I'd like to ask you something," Eban began. "We have been friends for a long time, and I've learned a lot about your lives and communities."

 

He took a long breath and continued, "I want to live with you!"

 

Hilackil, the leader of the dolphins, responded. "That's flattering, Eban. How would you breathe, eat, swim? Wouldn't you miss humans?" 

 

Eban was glad to be able to explain his plan. “I would breathe by staying close to the surface in a scuba suit, and by snorkeling.”

 

The dolphins smiled at the thought of one of “them” snorkeling.  “I would eat algae – plants. And I would visit some humans, the way that you visit me. ”

 

“We’ll meet and talk about it,” Hilackil said. “It would be quite a change for all of us.”

 

He and the other dolphins nodded and swam off. Hilackil returned. “We’ll return soon.”

 

From other encounters, Eban knew that “soon” meant in a week or two, and that there would be additional questions. He looked forward to their next meeting, as he knew that the dolphins would be curious and considerate in their deliberations.

 

Quietly, without attracting his foster family’s attention, Eban began to prepare to leave. A store owner he knew helped Eban to get a scuba suit, and the boy packed his possessions. 

 

As Eban prepared, Hilackil called a meeting of the pod to discuss Eban’s proposal. The group was curious about the idea, and some of them thought that it was funny.

 

“He could take turns riding on our backs, and we could take him to the surface for air,” suggested Heecahal, who was a young mother.

 

“Well, sometimes we could do that,” countered Jawehtil, an older male. He’ll have to work out his own swimming, so that he can breathe and eat as he needs to.”

 

“Are we in agreement to try this?” asked  Hilackil, who was mindful both of his role as the leader of the dolphins and of his promise to Eban.

 

“I think that we could try it,” said a kind dolphin named Hanutal. “If he wants to return to the humans, we could drop him off at his home easily.”

 

And so the dolphins reached an agreement. Hilackil swam to find Eban. The boy was waiting for the dolphin leader under the low cliff where they had spoken at first.

 

“We have voted to try it!” Hilackil cried jubilantly.

 

Eban smiled. “I am practicing my endurance swimming. I can go for ten miles without a break.”

 

“We’ll boost you along as we go in our slip streams,” the champion swimming dolphin assured him. “Are you ready now to join us?”

 

“Yes; I have everything that I need,” replied the boy.

 

“You can return from time to time to be human with others,” Hilackil assured him.

 

After he heard those words, Eban joined his new leader in the water. The new member of the dolphins declined Hilackil’s offer of his fin. Eban swam by himself to the group. 

 

“Welcome to here,” said Hanutal. Heecahal, with her young calf, offered Eban her fin for support, as Hilackil had, and Eban declined again.

 

 “I have to swim on my own,” he assured the group.

 

“We’d like to help you to adjust,” said Hanutal, and that statement was echoed by many others. “Ask for help or guidance whenever you’d like it.”

 

“Thank you. You are very kind,” Eban replied.

 

 

 

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Carolyn Davis: research and publications

Carolyn Davis, MSLIS

500 Angell St. ▪ Apt. 217 ▪ Providence, RI 02906-4491 ▪ (401) 369 9540 ▪ carolyn_davis2@yahoo.com

Summary of Qualifications

I am a librarian, an author, and a public speaker. A specialist in development and access issues, I was the first Internet Reference Librarian at the Providence Athenaeum, past Chair of the Resource Center at the Peace Corps headquarters in Jamaica, as well as a facilitator of the Jamaica Coalition on Disability. In these capacities, I conducted Internet and HTML training and survey research for the Athenaeum’s library staff, US Peace Corps Volunteers, and agency directors in Jamaica, respectively. As a researcher and former mediator, I have produced forty publications and presentations in the US, Britain, and Jamaica.

I have experience in Web design and Web 2.0 tools, SQL, PHP, and Adobe Dreamweaver, as well as the use of spreadsheets, including Excel, as well as experience with DACS-compliant finding aids and Blackboard, and significant experience in AACR2, AAT, LCSH, and LC classification.

My first book, How to Write Persuasively Today, was published by Greenwood/ABC-CLIO Publishers in February 2010. I am conducting research for my second. Its topic is physical and psychological access in library communities.

Pending: Eban and the Dolphins, a fable for ‘tweens.

I have edited four manuscripts and numerous dissertations in preparation for publication.

Education

 

 

 

Experience

 

                     

Nalari Health Providence, RI

                             Writer/Researcher

 

The Providence Community Library

                              On-Call Reference Librarian

                              Provide reference services to patrons through a variety of media                                                          Providence, RI

 

The Watersheds project Providence, RI

Grant researcher and writer

Provide research and writing for project grants 

 

Endangered Species and Wetlands Report Takoma Park, MD

Archivist on-line

                                    Monitored and maintained links to the back issues of the newsletter

   Coordinator, Subscriber Services

      Collected and maintained subscriber information using Word Press

      Provided information and support to subscribers through the Web page and individually

 

 

 


honors, Awards, and Memberships

 

 

 

Skills and Interests

Proficient in Web design, Web 2.0 tools, Adobe Dreamweaver, SQL, PHP, Excel, and DACS-compliant finding aids  

Public speaking and editing

Basic knowledge of Welsh and French

Interests include international relations and development, aviation history, animal husbandry, and classic films

 

Publications and Presentations

How to Write Persuasively Today for ABC-CLIO/ Greenwood Press. February 2010.

“Jumping in Tandem,” Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages (originally titled Milestones for American Women: Our Defining Passages). All Things That Matter Press. Carol Smallwood and Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, eds. 2010. www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M6m7PXGQIU.

“Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in Libraries,” for Serving Library Patrons with Disabilities. Rochambeau Library, Providence, RI. March 25, 2010.

“Do You Want to Be an Anthologist?” and “A Research Slice of Life,” for Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook. Carolyn Davis. American Library Association. Chicago, 2009. Carol Smallwood, Editor.

“The ADA and Libraries,” for the Office of Library and Information Services of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI. April 28, 2009.

“The Mobile Librarian,” and “The Story of an Athenaeum Spider,” Thinking Outside the Book: Essays for Innovative Librarians. McFarland Publishers, Inc. Jefferson, NC 2008. Carol Smallwood, Editor.

“My Career in International Mediation and Research,” Providence, RI, The International Women’s Club, Providence, RI. November 26, 2007.

"Access issues of Jamaica and Wales," Gregynog Hall, Newtown, Wales. May, 2004.

“Combining Careers in Research,” Info Career Trends. vol. 2, no. 3. ISSN 1532-0839 May, 2001

"Tales from Wales," 1-5 (series), Technicalities. vols. 20-21. 2000-2001

"Seatbelt Safety," Deeds Industries, Kingston, Jamaica. April 15, 1999.

"Why Not Drugs?" St. Hugh's Preparatory School, Kingston, Jamaica. May 4, 1998.

"Disability is a Challenge... Or Is It?" Clarendon Group for the Disabled, Clarendon, Jamaica. April 23, 1998.

"Report on the ADA Guidelines," Simmons College, Boston, MA. September 25, 1996.

"Some Experiences of an Internet Researcher," The Audio Visual Librarian. vol. 22, no.2. May, 1996.

"The International Graduate Summer School in England and Wales," Technicalities. vol. 16, no. 2. February, 1996.

"A Report on Access in Sweden for People Who Are Disabled," Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council, September 20, 1988.

Some reviews for The US Review of Books www.theusreview.com:

A Penny for the Violin Man by Eli Rill

Five Star Fraud by Margaret G. Cahill

H2Glo by P.D. Abbey

Howling at the Moon by Steven Mayfield

My Angry Letters by Bonnie Zilinski

Philadelphia Running and Walking by Warwick Ford, Nola Ford

Stolen Gift, The by David Ssembajjo

Wolf Girl, The by Matthew Barron

Worthlessness by Jan Pavel

Turning Up for Life – the lost manuscript  by Bill Aronson

Destined to Live, Despite Me by Yolanda Shanks 

Café Dulcet by Chiquis Barrón

Holy Spirit by Matthew Crowner

Paris of the North, The by Christian Lloyd

Them Demons is Tricky by Rob Jacik

To Bear Witness by Hal Shearon McBride, Jr.

Turning up for Life by Bill Aronson

If Seen … My Journey Living with Anxiety by Karla Yazzalino

Jade Writing by Imios Archangelis and Miaoyu Lanying

Nurturing Paws by Lynn C. Johnston

 

Web Pages

Blog: “A Guinea Pig’s Tale,” aguineapigstale.blogspot.com/2010/07/found-in-bookstore.html.

Carolyn Davis and Rebecca Barton, Access Guide. accessguidecardiff-online.blog.com. (removed) As the facilitator of this project, I co-researched and co-authored this physical access guide to Cardiff. The work included my coordinating a team of four for text, photographs, and Web design in 2006.

“Archif Menywod Cymru/The Women’s Archive of Wales,” www.womensarchivewales.org. I coordinated its hosting and loading to the Web in 2005.

“Simmons College,”www.simmons.edu/sociology. I co-designed and loaded the original page to the Web in 1995.

 

Community Service

Special Needs Consultant to American University, 2007-2008

The Advisory Committee to the RI Governor’s Commission for the Disabled, 1987-1988

Volunteer in literacy programs, 1986-1996

Recorder for IN-SITE Radio, 1983-1984

Parents and Friends of East Providence Children in Special Education, 1978

 

Spokesperson for The Easter Seal Society of Rhode Island, 1977-1985