Dream big with “The Wishgranter” animated short film (video)

If you're like most people, at some point or another you've made a wish or tossed a coin into a fountain and dreamed of something you desperately wanted - and got back nothing. No answer, no wish granted. You get silence, but other people just keep having blessing upon blessing heaped on them, as if their wishes were somehow more important than yours.And you walk away feeling defeated. Ignored.What if that's not really what's happening? What if, behind the scenes, the universe - or … [Read more...]

Animals, humans, and Yellowstone National Park

In the wake of the story about a three-year-old who breached the barrier at the Cincinnati Zoo last weekend, resulting in the euthanization of a 17-year-old west lowland gorilla named Harambe, a video surfaced this week of a woman at Yellowstone National Park being butted by an elk after she tried to take a photo and got too close for comfort.It's one of several recent stories highlighting the problem of adult humans - grown ups who should know better - interfering with the wildlife. … [Read more...]

A gorilla, a boy, and life in the balance

By now you've probably heard the story about Harambe, the 17 year old west lowland gorilla who was shot by zoo keepers at the Cincinnati Zoo after a small child fell into the gorilla enclosure. I caught bits and pieces of the story over the holiday weekend, but it wasn't until this morning that I was able to devote some attention to the matter.I finally saw the video.Originally, I didn't want to touch this story with a 10 foot pole, mostly because I didn't think that I could add … [Read more...]

Musician records video in wolf sanctuary and the wolves join in the song

The great thing about the internet is that sometimes something fascinating shows up in your Facebook newsfeed, something that happened a couple of years ago and you're glad your hearing about it, even if you're late to the party.According to the info on the youtube site for videographers Hutch and Futch, while in Colorado on tour in 2013, Shawn James and the Shapeshifters had the chance to record some video in the W.O.L.F. Sanctuary in Laporte, Colorado. While performing a cover of A. A. … [Read more...]

Is it really food violence to eat a chicken?

Last week I was in a hurry to get to a meeting and needed to get something quick for dinner, so I bought a ready-to-eat rotisserie chicken from the grocery. As I pushed my cart through the store, I kept looking at the chicken and seeing my hen Lucy's head on the lemony peppered chicken body.Seeing a whole chicken is different than a package of parts. It reminded me that my food came from a living animal, that I care about how the animal was raised and where it came from and how that affected … [Read more...]

Researchers develop cloaking device – for real!

Whenever I'm asked what super power I wish I had, flying and invisibility are usually at the top of the list. The ability to just leap into the air and soar like a bird satisfies a deep desire for total freedom.But invisibility? Now that's real freedom.  To be in a room and be able enjoy what's going on without having to actually participate - or feel like I'm the obvious wallflower - would certainly appeal to introverts like me.Turns out that might not be such a crazy thought. Right he … [Read more...]

Writing, technology and the beauty of the pen

I'm an avid scribbler. I'm constantly making notes in small notebooks tucked in my purse, on scrap paper and receipts, and when paper can't be found, I write on my hand.I joke a lot about how I hate technology, but that's not necessarily true. I hate the way technology has become a crutch for most Americans, replacing our own ability to think, to solve problems, and to record thoughts and ideas.So I love this TEDTalk by Master Penman Jake Weidmann, in which he extolls not only the … [Read more...]

Mrs. Robin and her babies: the final chapter, part 3

If you're following along with today's story, we saw the robin babies getting more active in the nest, and then venturing out onto the window ledge. (See Part One)I've been fascinated the last few days with how much the birds had grown in the two weeks since they hatched. But I was even more surprised by the progress just this morning. They went from awkwardly falling all over themselves to purposely getting out of the nest onto the ledge. (See Part Two) When I left them at about 1 PM, all … [Read more...]

Supercell forms in Wyoming – video

I generally stay out of the global warming debate. I'm not a scientist and I wouldn't try to argue science or research with people smarter than I am.But when I saw this video today I had to share a thought:I get that the temperature of the earth is changing. I get that climates shift geographically. I get that weather patterns go wonky every few or hundred or thousand years. What I don't get? The notion that man is so powerful that he can cause it to happen.Check out this video of a s … [Read more...]

Introducing a drinkable book

I'm an avid reader of real books. You know, pages of paper between a paper or cardboard cover. While I get the need for electronic books, they'll never be a replacement for an actual book you can hold in your hand, with paper pages you can fold over to mark spots you want to remember, pages filled with pencil notes and fingerprints in chocolate and splashes of water from reading in the bath.I'm also very supportive of humanitarian causes, giving to others and helping whenever possible to … [Read more...]