Saturday, March 27, 2010

Meet Hairy Plotter

Picture courtesy of NPS Photo, story from Colorado Springs Gazette
This story was so cute I had to share it:
Missing: One Otter
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was searching Friday for a North American river otter that escaped the day before and is thought to be in the Broadmoor area of Colorado Springs.
On Thursday morning, zoo staff discovered that a failed crimp in the otter exhibit's mesh covering gave all four of the facility's otters an opportunity to flee. Two were discovered in minutes at the grizzly pool, above the otter's exhibit. A third was recovered within the zoo's second containment fence within the hour. But, the fourth breached the fence and was seen late Thursday afternoon in the Broadmoor.
People who spot the otter or evidence that it is nearby, such as the remains of fish or otter tracks, are asked not to approach it but call the zoo manager.
I hope they find the little guy, what the paper did not say is that we have foxes and coyotes here and a little otter would be a nice snack. I hope he pulls out his wand and makes his way back home to the zoo :)
Have a good one

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

George Washington

George was 57 years old when he was elected the first president of the United States by a unanimous vote of the electoral college. He takes the oath at the Federal Hall in New York City. The date is April 30th 1789.

In his inaugural address, he tells Congress to look to the Constitution for their priorities and to consider the public good when altering it, as the sacred fire of liberty depends on American democracy.

When was the last time Congress ever thought of the public good? We need to get back to the roots of this country but Washington D.C., a country within itself, never will.

I bet George is turning in his grave.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Egyptian Fable

Long ago, an Egyptian ruler owned a priceless stone. It was said that this stone, when held in the palm of your hand would project your past, present and future. When the ruler died, this stone was buried with him.

Centuries later, a grave robber found the stone. Within a few years, he was eager to sell it. The stone found a new home across the waters. It was handed down thru this family and was given to the last son. This man did not want the stone, he feared it. He did not want to relive his past and did not care to see his future. So, he carefully packed it away.

There it set for many years till this man had a child. Close to his death, the man pulled out the stone and placed it in the hand of his three year old child. "Tell me child," he asked, "what do you see?" Nothing was the reply. The man took the stone and placed it in his hand, to make sure it still worked. He saw wondrous things for his child.

He placed the stone in the child's hand again and asked the same question. The child replied, "nothing, it is blank." The man wrapped the stone and put it away with a chuckle. His family had possessed a fool's stone. The stone showed a person's desire not what the future really was to be. Only one, pure of thought could hold it and not see anything.

I often wondered if J.K. Rowling had heard this story because she has it in her Harry Potter story. Only, she has made it a mirror instead of a stone that Harry finds.

I believe the moral of the story is: trying to achieve your heart's desire and not obtaining it can destroy you. What do you think?