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00000177-ba84-d5f4-a5ff-bbfc9baa0000Ways of Life airs every second Monday at 8:40am and 5:45pm.Our series Ways of Life is A collection of stories about people who live down the street... our neighbors: Fishermen, scientists, craftspeople, recovering addicts, surgeons, dog rescuers, motorcycle gang members, nursing home residents, musicians, the homeless, kid athletes, social activists, and all the others who share this place.Each portrait becomes part of the surprising, interwoven tapestry of our lives together here on the Cape, Coast and Islands. Ways of Life is edited by Jay Allison and produced by our production partners at Atlantic Public Media Ways of Life is made possible by The Circle of Ten, ten local businesses and organizations committed to local programming on WCAI.

Poet in the Field: Working Through Grief by Picking Up Litter

Meghan Carmichael 2019

It’s hard to go anywhere on Cape Cod and not see litter. People leave plastic bottles and food packaging on the side of the road and along hiking trails. Trash washes onto the Cape’s beaches, from people but also strong storms and ocean currents.

Ralph Bousquet is a Cape Cod native. He’s a poet who started a new group to combat the litter problem on the Cape. But the reason he’s doing it isn’t really about litter, nor about his art. It’s about something greater than himself.

Credit Meghan Carmichael 2019
Kevin Rutherford, Sam Bechtold and Ralph Bosquet of the Cape Cod Litter Initiative

You find more information about the Cape Cod Litter Initiative, including upcoming cleanup events, here [].

This piece came to us from our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Michael is a graduate of the workshop. You can find out more about that program at

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