In this era of overwhelming digital and electronic technology, we can all benefit from a day or more of unplugging and taking a nice break from technology.
There are lessons all around us, and it turns out one such lesson can come from a squirrel. That's right - a squirrel!
When squirrels no longer bother you, when you can accept that they're doing exactly what they do best ("easy food"), when you can laugh at and appreciate their antics you will have learned much about acceptance, non-judgment and being unbotherable.
I dreamed it again last night. The plaintive cries of a hungry, lost kitten. Even when I stirred awake, I still heard the echoes in my head. Karma...
I'd intended to make this post about Passover and Easter, the two holidays that bookend this weekend. Nature has had other ideas, signaling to me in m...
I'm enjoying a wonderful turkey dinner at my parents' house when out of the blue my mother says: "Before you go home, be sure to take a look at the wild animal in the garage."
We take our work home with us. Perhaps no field of work better illustrates that saying than animal welfare. Those of us who work at humane organizations, almost all of us, share our homes with more animals than anyone outside the field would think sane.
There have been times in my life when I had to take a stand for what was right, even when sitting there and taking the unfairness would have been easier. Even when it meant getting physical.Even when there was a chance of getting rabies. Let me explain...
Baby squirrels have large heads, which means when they tumble from their nests high in the trees, they often land head- or face-first. This is exactly what happened to this baby eastern gray squirrel.
The mother of these two tiny orphans probably thought she had found the perfect spot to raise her little ones-- a cozy tube perched securely on wires atop a tall pole.
It's very rare for adult squirrels to fall, as their lives depend on their balance and dexterity. So why had this one lost his grip?
I called 911. Someone picked up right away. "This is the New York State Police, please state the nature of your emergency." Nature, indeed. "Squirrel!" I shouted. "There is a squirrel in my house!"
We might package Passover and Easter tidily with other things, with a little "Next year in Jerusalem" here and "He is risen" there, but at their heart, both celebrate spring the season of love, of desire and blossoming. Before there was formal religion, there were birds, bees, squirrels and sex.
It's craigconnects' second anniversary already, and we've worked with some real good people in the last year to get stuff done.
I feel so stupid. I've been completely preoccupied with my neck, when the whole time, it was my face that's been up to no good.
Most squirrel observation is low-tech, involving a pair of binoculars and a notebook. SciStarter.com has a list of squirrel-related citizen science projects, and if you think you're sly enough to outsmart squirrels, we have a limited-time competition just for you!