Tasmanian Devil

Growing up watching Looney Tunes did not do the Tasmanian Devil the justice it deserves. Being the size of a small dog, they’re actually sort of cute little Austrialian pups. …see for yourself. 😛 

The name for these guys may be a little deceiving, as scientists have found. They mainly live in the state of Tasmania and are extinct in their original homeland of Australia. Hunters were killing dingoes for their pelts and when they ran out of dingoes they turned to the next best thing. The claim was that they were a massive threat to livestock and so they needed to be dealt with accordingly. Some 50 years later researchers are finding that they, along with many humans, are victims of facial and skin tumors and cancers. As a result, many are being sent to zoos in order to help provide better care for them.

While they do rip and shread their prey, they are somewhat communal animals. Once mated they protect and fight for their female at all costs…and we all know how that goes! 😉

All in all, just some food for thought. I’m sure those farmers and hunters didn’t dream that what they were doing to a group of animals in the mid 1940’s would impact them so many years later. Unfortunately, it is still happening today with many other groups of animals for a variety of reasons. You’d like we’d have learned something by now.

If you’re interested in learning more the Parks and wildlife service have got you covered.

‘Alala aka The Hawaiian Crow

Crows of any sort aren’t typically my thing, but because my co-author spent quite a bit of time in Hawaii, this post is pretty near and dear to her. As with anything, if something is extinct or nearing extinction there’s a pretty clear problem. Getting to the root of that problem can sometimes be a little challenging, but well worth it, IMO.

…because there are no living ‘alala in the wild these birds have been reproduced in captivity. Upon being released into the wild, researchers are learning of many difficulties that these little guys have been facing. Some aren’t finding proper mates and others aren’t feeding their babies properly.

Crows on the mainland are a large part of the literary world. They can symbolize death, mystery, and magic. Have any of you had any experience with wildlife conservation in any capacity? I’ve been lucky enough to befriend two conservationists. I believe that they are invaluable to the sustainability of our little winged friends and hope that you do, too!

For more information on them here’s a quick excerpt from the San Diego ZooContinue reading “‘Alala aka The Hawaiian Crow”

Something New

Throughout my days, whether it’s at work, home, or hanging out with friends, I find myself trying to learn something. There’s always something to take away. There’s also plenty to give.

My days are typically filled with work – from working out, to actually going to the job that pays me, sending or receiving emails, trying to network with rescue organizations, and beyond, I’m always working on something.  I’ve learned a lot from the younger people who work for me…and I’ve learned a ton from the older ones, too. It’s interesting to subjects from another lense.

I’d say that overall I’m a realist. I have realistic views, expectations, and hopes for the future. I’m not asking for or seeking perfection: but I want to see people trying. Trying is often times different than doing – but sometimes all you can ask is that people are trying.

Working in the pet food industry has taught me a lot. Managing people has taught me even more. Doing my best to gain something from everyone has shown me a lot about life. Having wonderful friends and a supportive family has certainly helped along the way. I challenged myself to create time to write something today. Something. Anything. …to try to be part of this blogging experience with a great friend. …to try to pull my weight, or at least part of it. The longer I sit the more emails flood through. Questions, comments, concerns, things that require fairly immediate action, others that just want my opinion on what to do or how to do it.

Yesterday, I learned about plasma and just how cool and helpful it is. Today, I’ve learned (and really have known for a while) that good friends truly are a dime a dozen. My co-author has carried the weight and the work of this blog since conception. I am thankful for her and I learn from her and about her everyday from this opportunity.

What are you learning about today? Is it something new? …perhaps it’s something you’ve known and are revisiting. Share it with us so we can all learn together! 🙂

Timely

I Did It: Day 20

Twenty days ago, I signed up for the WordPress blogging university course: Everyday Inspiration. Everyday I received an email to write a prompt about something ranging from lists, quotes, maps and pictures. Everyday I also took it a step further and incorporated the daily prompt somehow into each post.

I have to say it’s been about five years since I’ve taken any type of course. And this is a course I wasn’t required to do but chose to do to challenge myself. I usually don’t sign on for any type of challenge unless I know for certain I can finish it. So far this year I’ve tried to do many different workout challenges found on YouTube and still make it past Day 2. Currently the only challenge I’ve been a religiously sticking to is my Goodreads reading challenge.

Makes me wonder why challenges are so hard to adhere to. In my opinion, it has to do with two things. One, to successfully be able to finish a challenge, I have to genuinely enjoy it. If I feel that I’m bored in any way it’s highly likely I’ll throw that challenge out the window. Secondly​, it can’t feel like another job. I work enough as it is at my 9-5 and at home doing housework. I don’t need another stressor.

This writing challenge fits in the first category. I genuinely enjoyed doing this. I learned that there is a vast audience out there that loves to write beautiful pieces that inspire them. I learned that one piece of writing can make a person’s day no matter the subject matter. I learned that it’s okay to write whatever pops into your head; that you don’t need a specific direction. You can go with the flow and write whatever comes to mind.

The end goal is to share but I believe it is also to try and get a reaction. I realized that half the time I got a reaction out of myself more than anyone else. When I read over some of my posts I say to myself, “Wow! I didn’t know I had that in me” and I feel proud, confident and it encourages me to want to write further. Even now, I didn’t expect to write this much but there’s a burst of thoughts in my head waiting to crash onto this screen and if I pause for even a second I’ll miss that perfect stroke and be back at a blank canvas.

From now on, I’m curious to see what types of content I come up with. I began this challenge saying I’m not a writer, I’m a reader but I guess I have the capacity to do both.

I’m not a writer, I’m a reader: Day 2

Today’s inspiration prompt requires me to write a list. I have a choice in which list I choose to write about but they are so simple, I’m choosing to write a list for all of them.

Things I Like:

  • Books. Books are my life. I love to read. I feel like an addict going through withdrawal when I don’t have something to read. I honestly believe it keeps me sane and I lose a lot of sleep because of reading but I can sleep when I’m dead right?
  • Food. I am a foodie. There is a short list, on one hand, of foods I won’t eat. Exploring new-to-me restaurants is great fun. My favorite eats: sushi, ramen, anything in pasta form (alfredo, spaghetti, ravioli etc) and Chinese food
  • My pets. I have two cats and a painted turtle. I used to hate cats. I had a roommate back in college who had devil spawn cats. They would constantly destroy things and howl at the moon. I vowed never to have cats. But then one day a friend presented a box of stray cats to me and Milliardo was the only one sleeping in the box and right when I was going to walk away he opened his eyes and looked at me and I was sold. The turtle has been around for 10 years and counting and we decided Milliardo needed a more mellow friend so that’s where Isabel came into the picture.
  • Netflix et al. I love watching television shows. I gravitate mostly towards historical pieces (Vikings, Downton Abbey, Spartacus..) and drama shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Shameless, Scandal..) but I’m open to anything. I’ll even watch documentaries here and there. HUGE Marvel fan and DC (sometimes when they’re good). My husband and I go and see all the Marvel films as well as the Marvel adaptation shows on Netflix.
  • Music. I looooove listening to music. Some of my favorite artists include Ed Sheeran, Lindsey Stirling, Pentatonix, Beyonce, Josh Groban, Evanescence.. I am all over the board. I make it a point to watch the Grammys every year for the performances.

Things I’ve Learned:

  • Lately I’ve learned that I would make a wonderful psychiatrist. I have been dishing out a lot of advice to my friends lately and I’ve learned that it’s actually pretty good advice. I’ve been told that I have the type of mindset that tries to analyze a situation from different angles in order to understand the whole picture. I like to think up different possibilities or motives for why people act or say the things they say before instantly judging. Now I can’t say that it applies to all situations (ask my husband) because I do like to be right but I’m also not afraid to admit when I’m wrong.
  • I’ve learned I have the capacity to learn new things even if at first I didn’t believe in myself. I’ve started a whole new career path that has absolutely nothing to do with what I thought my dream job would be but in the month and a half that I’ve been here I’ve been told I am doing a really good job. I’m proud of myself and it only encourages me to continue to push harder and become the best at what I do.

Thing I Wish:

  • I wish I could get paid to read. I know I keep saying it, but I love to read and that’s my dream job.
  • I wish snowstorm Stella would take a hike. I don’t mind snow but I am so tired of the up and down extremes. I live in Ohio and it can literally go from 70 degrees one day to 20 degrees the next. Its exhausting.
  • I wish I had enough money to buy a Tesla. That car is so sexy!

Things You’re Good At:

  • I’m good at helping people with their computer or phone problems. I’m pretty tech savvy and have become well versed in a lot of computer programs. I love Windows and Android the most but I dabble with other operating systems from time to time.
  • I’m good at driving stick shift
  • I’m good at making people laugh even when they don’t want to
  • I’m good at crying over fictional characters
  • I’m good at singing in the shower
  • I’m good at sleeping
  • I’m good at giving advice and recommending things
  • I’m good at social media
  • I’m good at love
  • I’m good at being honest
  • I’m good at being me

One tenth of the way into my blogging university course! See you tomorrow for Day 3.