this hedgehog is cheering for u bc u can do anything
This is a very big day for me. I have been clean and sober for 10 years today! What an incredible and challenging decade it has been. It hasn’t always been easy and it hasn’t always been fun but my life is exponentially greater and more exciting because of it. I am eternally grateful to Larry and Liberty House for the opportunity to face the wreckage of my past and work on changing myself to become a stand up person. The rewards of sobriety are amazing and I can’t even begin to describe how different and exciting my life is now. 10 years ago I would not have envisioned my life being so full and happy. I have an amazing wife, I live in a gorgeous city, I have a job I enjoy and look forward to each and everyday. Family, friends, and those who have helped along the way I owe you my life. I’m truly a very lucky person to have so much love and support then and now. Here’s to another 10 years!!
Harry Clarke. Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination. 1919.
i almost scrolled away
Advert, Crawdaddy Magazine, January 1968
photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.
when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”
approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.
cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts
The last uncontaminated lands on our planet. I love nordic countries.
I want to visit all of these places