The literature classes that I teach for middle and high school students ended this week, and Sunday is Mother’s Day. I decided to acknowledge these two occasions by staying in bed late this morning to finish reading a wonderful book, Circe by Madeline Miller. In The Odyssey, Circe, the so-called “witch of Aiaia,” is one … More Mother’s Day Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller
What is more adorable than a cub of a cheetah, which I think is one of the Earth’s more beautiful creatures? Some of the good news, among the many sad things being reported, is that yesterday, April 8, a cheetah named Echo at the National Zoo (at their Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia) … More Life Lessons from Echo, a New Cheetah Mom
Happy Mothers Day to all the moms, or those who play that role for others, even if they aren’t technically related. I finished the novel Cemetery Road, by Greg Iles, last night (and really enjoyed it––it felt a little like a really good murder mystery combined with Pat Conroy-esque dysfunctional, combative Southern families full of … More Love for the Mamas!
When I saw this video this morning, it brought tears to my eyes. I haven’t watched television in years and years (like, we are talking 30 years). But even so, I was aware of Steve Irwin, the famous “Crocodile Hunter.” I just loved his authentic personality and his passion for animals that most of us … More The Sloth Whisperer Non-Whisperer