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The healing power of nature

It started with a craving for grass under my bare feet.

To leave behind the walls, chairs and computers for a while.

I blog and work on ideas for my blog from Monday to Friday 7:30am-17:00pm… 577 more words

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THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE

It started with a craving for grass under my bare feet. THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE To leave behind the walls, chairs and computers for a while. I blog and work on ideas for my blog from Monday to Friday 7:30am-17:00pm I enjoy it, but sometimes I just need nature to enjoy me. HNCK4557 So, 3 times a week, if not more, my husband and myself go to the park and feel the grass under our bare feet, look at the birds and the bees doing their thing, and whatever nature has in store for us. Friday afternoon, I witness the most beautiful thing. I told Marcel let’s not take our normal route in the park. let’s take another way. He smiled and said ‘yeah, I was thinking the same thing.’ We ended up walking a longer way, but it was worth it. We saw a bird’s nest on water. Of course, we were amazed by it. But never thought to sit down there. It was windy and the wind blew the water fountain to our side. We would get wet. After 30minutes I realized we had sat down under the tree still amazed at the bird and the nest. The wind was blowing and the water never touched us. But that was not the beautiful thing. The beautiful thing was the the birds. The ‘mother’ bird was sitting on her nest which was build on water and soon we saw the ‘father’ bird bringing her bits of food and grass to put underneath her. He would swim the entire lake, and find the best bits and parts of the grass. I wondered about that, why would he not get grass closer then the wide open lake? Then he wouldn’t have to work that hard. Later on I noticed that he tried it, but when he gave it to her, she refused to take it. A fussy little lady she is. She only accepts the best and he knew it So back he would go, and swim the lake to return 5 min later with an offering to his ‘bride’ Meanwhile, on the other side, there was another bird, a little bit fatter. He came right up to us, as in to ask  ‘Are you not going to share your food with me?’ Amazed at this bird’s confidence, we gave him some of our food. And he came closer and closer to us. Like a domestic pet. I wondered, uhmm what would I have done if I was a bird. Would I search the entire lake for food, or just walk up to the human and ask for food? This bird was braver in my opinion, and surely fatter. While the other bird was working very hard for only little bits of food here and there. But I was proven wrong. It terms of braveness. When Marcel got to close to the nest of the ‘mother’, the ‘father’ came on a high speed all the way across from the river to protect his wife and unborn children from this ‘intruder’ (Marcel) He came fast and furious, flapping his wings. The ‘fatter’ bird ran away. And surely Marcel and myself stood back. This little bird, taught me so much. We saw other animals on our way walking to the park. But the birds took the spotlight. What type of bird are you? The one take takes food or the one working for his own food? And are you respected by others for it? More importantly do you respect yourself? PS: WE GOT TO SEE ONE EGG HATCH. *Yes, We went crazy with joy* I made this video of the bird here.  Click on it [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFEo3wAJDbE?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent]

"Saving Elephants, One Exotic Vacation at a Time"

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-07-27/ethical-elephant-riding-in-thailand-at-anantara-golden-triangle

Anantara Golden Triangle in northern Thailand is one of the only places where you can ethically interact with the country’s elephants.

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When I first saw an elephant

How did you feel when you first saw an elephant? asked me Chin, one of the BEES BurmEmily’s Elephant Sanctuary project staff, taking care of me. 596 more words

Adventures in Assam

Those of you who follow my work will know I am always way behind with my processing so it should come as no surprise that this collection of images and associated ramblings come from over 18 months ago back in late 2015.   917 more words

Elephant Relocated To LA From Fresno After Losing Longtime Companion

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An Asian elephant who just recently lost her longtime companion has found a new home at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Shaunzi, a 46-year-old Asian elephant, came from the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and will be quarantined for the next month as she slowly gets to know her new home and her new herd – Billy, Tina, and Jewel. 159 more words

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Namesake

“That’s a shame! You had such a pretty name.”

I had never really thought about it. It was a pretty name.

A debate popped up regarding who I was named after.  393 more words

Truth

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Namesake

“That’s a shame! You had such a pretty name.” I had never really thought about it. It was a pretty name. A debate popped up regarding who I was named after.  My mom had told me it was a mixture of my dad and her best friend; a name they made up by mixing the two together. Here stood a high school friend I had never met before, telling me I was actually named after another classmate of theirs by the exact same name. Surreal is probably not a strong enough word to describe this moment.  I was surrounded by people I had never met, who were openly sharing their disdain for the woman who raised me, at the funeral services of the man who chose not to. They were debating the significance of a name I no longer had, and could never use again. It had been years since anyone had called me by that name.  It was actually very uncomfortable, a trigger of sorts.  I had only just gotten to a point where hearing my given name didn’t bring flashbacks of all the reasons I had to change it. That’s the real shame. “Yes grandma, it was a pretty name.” Sure, my new moniker might be a little bit more ordinary; but that is by design.  I picked a name with the hope it might match a couple of others in the phonebook; a name that didn’t leave bread crumbs from my life for those who would try and bewitch me. “My new name is pretty too.” The difference is, this name has real significance, it means something to me.  Not only did I get to chose it, but I chose life when I changed it.  My name is a reminder of the strength and courage I have held onto in the face of extreme adversity.
My new name literally means “The Truth and The Light of My Innermost Soul, My Truest Self.”
Every day it reminds me to honor my life, be true to myself, and let my light shine brilliantly. The look on my face must have been priceless. I am not very good at masking my thoughts; in fact, I’m quite terrible. The sarcasm rolling around in my head must have been piercing. “How could I possibly go another minute without knowing which of these strangers inspired my name sake, my identity?” Oh, that’s right. It was me.   *********************** Header picture is one of the views from the very first mountain I ever climbed.

Save the Asian Elephant

In front of me stood a magnificent Asian Elephant, it was a moment of realisation to me. I felt my heart open and a deep sense of compassion streaming out toward this beautiful being in front of me. 469 more words

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