Sunday, April 9, 2017
I spent my Saturday night devouring Yxta Maya Murray's The Conquest and penned a brief review this morning that appears on Musings of Bookslut. Do you like magical realism? Historical fiction? An unexpected love story?
If you find this novel at your local used bookstore, snag it.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Over a month ago, Animal Adventure Park began live-streaming a giraffe cam. The star of the show is the unborn calf that is taking its sweet time to be born. The leading lady is the almost puppy-like April, a 15 year old giraffe. Her baby's daddy, Oliver, is a rambunctious 5 year old. As a young bull, his interests are eating and mating so he is kept separate from the very pregnant April. Despite the divider, the giraffe cam frequently is witness to sweet head touching, neck circling signs of affection between April and Oliver. For weeks, thousands of people tune in. What started as the great baby watch has morphed into something else.
So what is the appeal in watching a giraffe pace around a stall bigger than my house, chewing her cud, throwing alfalfa over her body, and sweetly taking carrots and lettuce from her darling caretakers, the vet, and the park owner? Why do so many turn in for 9pm tuck in, where treats are given and the stall is cleaned? Do most, like me, watch with jealousy as the caretakers stroke the magnificent creature and kiss her belly? Or do they sympathize with the expectant mother, pregnant for 15 months, give or take 60 days?
Whatever the reasons for tuning in, April's little family has done remarkable things for giraffe conservation and research. It has brought people together from all across the globe. I was watching the cam when news outlets reported the attack in London. Do you know what I saw? Comment after comment of people reaching out to strangers. I've seen people sunk in a depression so deep find comfort through this giraffe cam. I've seen children deciding the future is theirs and they can be a part in saving our creatures.
This isn't about a giraffe. It's much, much larger.
April is already larger than life
Saturday, January 21, 2017
I will continue to blog at least a couple of times a week, but I'm not going to do fluff pieces because I feel like I have to blog. I am cooking more frequently and I am reading regularly again. And I am writing every day - either working on fiction or doing legally type stuff - so there is that. I just don't want to bore you, dear Reader, with drivel. And I honestly have the attention span of a terrier. But I do want to talk about the inaugura... look! squirrel!
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
“The circus is a jealous wench. Indeed that is an understatement. She is a ravening hag who sucks your vitality as a vampire drinks blood – who kills the brightest stars in her crown and will allow no private life for those who serve her; wrecking their homes, ruining their bodies, and destroying the happiness of their loved ones by her insatiable demands. She is all of these things, and yet, I love her as I love nothing else on earth.”
― Henry Ringling North, The Circus Kings: Our Ringling Family Story
The announcement stunned some but largely came as no surprise. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey is coming to an end after over a century of entertaining the masses. Feld Entertainment made the announcement earlier this week. And while domestic terrorists animal rights activists rejoiced, many of us were left just a bit confused as nostalgia had us longing for the circus elephants and simpler times.
But listen now and listen good - if we do not take aggressive measures, and soon, we will lose out on ALL our animal pastimes. From delighting in circus elephants to running your Papillon through an agility course to trail horses. Zoos may soon be a thing of the past, dog shows no more than a historical footnote or a trivia question. This victory for AR should serve as a warning to all animal lovers.
Don't let the animal rights activists win. Before you support them, KNOW WHAT YOU SUPPORT. Before you throw your hard-earned money their way, KNOW WHERE THAT MONEY IS GOING. Yes, there are MANY bad apples in animal sports - I will not deny that - but one bad apple does NOT spoil the bunch. Protect our sports. Fight AR propaganda. I don't want my children's children to only know about dogs through picture books and memories.
Monday, January 16, 2017
I'm not writing a lengthy blog today. I'm not posting the words of a great man taken from us. But I want you to look inside your heart. If those 4 words are not there, write them. Write them quickly. Then follow the teachings of your heart. Always.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Still here? Okay. Not to toot my horn, but I am a highly educated individual who puts a lot of emphasis on education, free thinking, and creativity. As an attorney, I encounter laws nearly every day that I question. I also encounter situations nearly every day where there are NO LAWS on the books when I feel there should be. That said, I am bound by the laws we do (and do not) have. There is a system in place - it may be broken, but there is a system. And there is also a system to fix the cracks and heal the wounds. That system must be followed.
So when I see the hashtag "notmypresident" - I get a little squirrely. I hated that sentiment when Bush was elected. Twice. I hated that sentiment when Obama was elected. Twice. And I certainly hate it now. There is a marked difference now, however. That difference is that in my heart of hearts, I know Trump does not have the necessary skillset to serve as president. But we have a system and that system elected him. I'm not going to just take my ball and go home; that's not how I was raised. You have to USE THE SYSTEM TO BEAT THE SYSTEM. Trust me on this. You can boycott the inauguration all you want, but it will not change the fact that Trump WILL BE PRESIDENT. So stop pouting. Seriously. For me. For the Obamas, who have so graciously extended support to President-elect Trump. It is time to protest policies, not people.
You want change? That is how you will get it. Not by trying to turn back time and hoping for a different outcome. Not by boycotting an already-elected President.