These emails came zooming in RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF WORLD TURTLE DAY SO WHAT’RE YA GONNA DO. Well, post ‘em, of course. Before we go any furthur- let’s clear one thing up.
Turtles live in an aquatic environment.
Tortoises are primarily land-dwelling creatures.
That’s it. Now on with the show.
First up is Cuteporter Rebecca, who sez: “Here we find Elliott, the African spur-thighed tortoise, enjoying an exciting snack of wheat grass and yellow squash in honor of World Turtle Day. He’s fun little dude. Note the hilariously demanding look at the end.”
“Elliott is 13 years old and weighs almost 30 pounds. He enjoys grass, baby carrots, yellow squash, and more grass. On a good day he will eat his hay, but he’s often naughty and refuses it.”
Then we have Emily R. “I saw your post on Turtle Day and I thought I should send you this picture I snapped of a turtle-tortoise thing (I don’t really know the difference *blushes*) in Croatia a few years ago. I nicknamed ‘her’ Terencia (hence the picture name) and I think her markings are just beautiful.”
Yo Emily! More on the diff between turtles and torties here.
Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: tortoise, Turtles
“We put together a montage of little elephant Dok Mai’s adorable moments at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We are travel bloggers who are based in Chiang Mai and love animals (and your website too). I go to ENP about twice a month just to be with the elephants there and I’ve fallen in love with Dok Mai so lately I’ve spent most of my time with her.” -ขอบคุณ to Cuteporter Ligeia.
Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Elephants
Everybody flap your flippers!
Today is the 13th World Turtle Day, the annual holiday founded in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue!
There are so many ways to celebrate! Starting with giving turtles a helping hand.
Another great way to celebrate is to donate to your favorite save the turtles organization!
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Registration is now open at the Dakotas SCBWI website for a full Novel Writing Workshop with me, October 4-6 in Custer, South Dakota. This workshop will involve my Plot Master Class on Saturday and my intensive talks on Character and Voice on Sunday, and it's the only conference appearance I'm making the rest of this year, due to my upcoming wedding and honeymoon. Other than this, I do not plan to offer said Master Class again (online or in person) until next spring, so here's your chance if you want to catch it in 2013.
I will also be at LeakyCon in Portland June 27-30, participating in general shenanigans.
Finally, I will admit to using my blog as commonplace book and diary as much as means of transmitting information, and as such, I've made a habit of recording my running times here to track my progress through the years. Now I have a nice new personal best to note: The Brooklyn Half-Marathon, May 18, 2013, 1:59:28 -- with a personal best 10K in there too, at 56:39. Woo! I never get over the pleasurable strangeness of me, a longtime Enemy of All Things Exercise and In Particular Running, being able to do multiple miles in a single bound. (Or many bounds, really. You get the idea.)
Look at these great photos (#1-5) as seen on My Modern Met.com. (Others from NG site.) They’re all part of the 25th Annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, going on now. Click the logo at left to enter (you’ll need to set up a National Geographic account, or log in with an account from Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, etc.)
1. Photo and hover by Gary Migues/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
2. Photo and hover by Adam Lichtcsien/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
3. Photo and hover by Petra Bensted/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
4. Photo and hover by Richard Sidey/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
5. Photo and hover by Peter Stanley/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
6. Photo and hover by Mary Gretchen Kaplan/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
7. Photo and hover by Francisco Mingorance/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Birds, Blorp, Foxes, Gorillas, Penguins
That’s “Eye-Owe-Ta.” Iota would like you to throw the ball.
Now would be a good time. Does that work for you, Iota?
From Sylvain G.
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“This is my sensitive boy ‘Knucklehead.’ (Like the motorcycle engine, not because he’s a dummy.) He’s getting ready to take a trip down the catwalk wearing his new (& first ever) bandana.” -Cuteporter Mudbug.
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Clover’s back! And better than ever! But, where did she come from?
“I came home one day two summers ago and discovered this little foundling in my fenced backyard. 10ish weeks old, scruffy, no tags, no collar, no chip. Attempts to find from whence she came failed. No one was looking for her, and I finally decided she must’ve been looking for me. She’s called Clover because she popped up in the backyard. And because she’s lucky.”
(“How did she get over the fence?)
The universe sends you a border collie, you don’t ask questions. But . . .I have another, older border collie. My theory is some kids brought home this puppy and when she started to exhibit puppy piddly behavior the parents decided it wasn’t for them. “Give her to that lady down the street; she’ll know what to do with her.” Six-foot fence, but there were no locks on the gates. The other theory is that one of my friends made her acquaintance and thought she’d make the perfect addition to my household. I’ve grilled the likely suspects over the years, but no one has ever fessed up. Attached is another photo of her during that phase when she was figuring out whether she would have floppy ears or pointy ears. I was always a little disappointed she didn’t decide to stick with one of each.”
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