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Animal Mentors

Forgiveness: the Stranger I Thought I Knew

My two-year-old red footed tortoise, Malti. She often has this sort of grumpy intense expression on her face, but I never once have taken it with some people I know!

Recently I realized that I'm not sure I have ever forgiven anyone, ever, for anything. And that includes myself.

This is not because I haven't tried, mind you. I have definitely tried.

It's just - all of a sudden I'm not sure I even...
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Animal Mentors

If You Believe In Something, Chase It

My parrot, Pearl, chases something he believes shiny, crinkly cover of Sy's book!

Lately, like for the past year or 10, I've been really keen to read about animals.

I like to read about all kinds of different animals - land and sea and sky and trees and underground animals - all are equally intriguing to me.

I'm not sure what I'm looking for, a closer connection with the natural world, or a...
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Animal Mentors

Grappling With Guilt by Association

My petite parrot, Pearl, offering up a side-by-side size comparison to demonstrate just how large and strange (and wonderful!) the Kakapo really is.

I've mentioned here before that I sometimes (often) want to change my species.

It's not that I don't like being a person - a homo sapiens. I do like it. I like the air conditioning and the coffee and the pest control. I like having pets and watching movies and showering.

I just...
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Animal Mentors

Me, Animal Communicator

My course graduation certificate - I've never been prouder of anything in my life than this!

Did I ever think I would type those three words? Not a chance.

Me, an animal communicator? Perhaps in my dreams (although in my actual dreams my pets are usually in peril and it is all my fault).

But recently I enrolled in a course taught by animal communicator Marta Williams called "Discover How Your Animal Is...
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Relationships

The Little Solar Eclipse That Could

We were in the partial path of the eclipse, and let me say - it was just magical to watch. It is one thing to see it in photos or on television. It is quite another to see it happening with your own two marveling eyes!

When I was little, my mom would read me a story called "The Little Engine That Could."

Looking back now, I think that was probably the...
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Good News

You Are Allowed to be Happy

One morning I went out to check on my turtles and saw that one of the tiny strawberry plants I'd planted in one of their habitats had grown a petite perfect red strawberry on it! Oh the happiness - I was over the moon! And this was at a VERY high-stress time in my life. That single moment of pure happiness I permitted myself sustained me in ways I am still striving to...
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Book Mentors

Advice for Saving the World

My parrot, Pearl, posing on top of the shiny cover of the great Sy Montgomery book "Chasing Cheetahs."

According to Dr. Laurie Marker, wildlife conservationist and founder of the Namibia, Africa-based Cheetah Conservation Fund,

We can save the world. There's no reason we can't. But we have to actively do it.

Dr. Laurie has been studying cheetahs since I was 4 years old (just in case you're wondering, that adds up to...
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Celebrity Mentors

If You Could Speak to the Whole World, What Would You Say?

What I think I'd say if someone handed me a megaphone. -image courtesy of SimpleReminders

I follow a really neat thread on Instagram called The Human Connector (#thehumanconnector).

Every day, THC asks new people this question:

If you had a megaphone and can speak to the whole world for 30 seconds, what would you say?

Hmmm.

Those of you who have been following this blog here for some time are likely...
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