Money & Happiness - Happiness Breeds Wealth (and Vice Versa)
As an eight-year-old, David Carroll visited a wetlands area in
Pennsylvania for the first time, and was captivated by a spotted
turtle. He dedicated his life to the study of turtles and other
wetlands creatures, working as an illustrator and author, and
advocating better habitat protection. His latest book is Self Portrait
with Turtles: A Memoir.
Last week, the MacArthur Foundation
awarded Carroll a "genius grant," one of 25 given this year to creative
individuals across a variety of fields. The foundation offers the grant
"to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own
creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations," according to
its web site. Winners receive $500,000 each. It was an unexpected
windfall for Carroll, 64, who told the Boston Globe that he and his
wife, also an artist, raised three children and struggled financially.