Hunting has been temporarily banned throughout the country, there are no fences, with wildlife free to roam at will, and the lodges of Botswana are all designed to have as little impact on the environment as possible.
It might help to remind yourself in the middle of a crazy, life-in-your-face week that a trip to the library can change your whole mood and the hushed semi-silence and respectful calm it brings might offer you the change in perspective you need, the recharging of your batteries that you long for.
We need to hear this story anew because there are thousands of Jochebeds suffering in Central America because they too have put their babies in baskets and have watched them float down the Nile so that they might also be save from certain death.
We know that there are many like Daniel in Tucson, and in every community in our nation. We know that we need to be prepared. Our congregation has begun to pray and talk about what God is calling us to do, and what it means to be a sanctuary church in 2014
Needing sanctuary doesn't imply that we should isolate from people. On the contrary, to be emotionally healthy and make sound choices, we need connection to others. We need to feel love, so that we may feel both more calm and yet emboldened to be more honest or courageous.
There's just one more unstructured weekend left before resuming my normal life. As a relatively recent lesbian widow, I begin to obsess at the start of December about how to handle Christmas, my birthday (the 30th), New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
With the help of people just like you and me, collectively we will know a whole lot more about the numbers and types of sea life in our waters, how best to respond to a major disturbance, and how much success we're having in protecting vulnerable habitats.
It's time to invite the Occupy Movement to church! And Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion. Have some of the young protesters -- the "99ers" as they're becoming known -- from this rapidly growing movement over for a big holiday dinner!
Syfy's fifth annual Digital Press Tour last week reinforced what regular attendees of this confab have known for years: That it is one of the most efficient and innovative publicity and promotion events in the business.