Even though the rain has ceased, Spring has sprung, and cherry blossoms are in full bloom throughout the city of Portland, their pink and white petals boasting vitality, my mind still wanders. I suppose this will always be the case; if my feet cannot roam, my imagination will. Meditations of the Caribbean pervade me: warm … Continue reading Things Remembered, Names Forgotten
Admittedly, the beginning of 2013 was quite a dreary one. As I wrote in the past, the months of February and March meant the end of an engagement, but also the beginning of a completely new life for me. I realized what it truly meant to love myself, and what I had been giving up in a futile attempt to … Continue reading 13 Unforgettable Moments in 2013
In the year 2005, I was lucky enough to volunteer at a wild animal refuge in Tambillo, Ecuador. La Hacienda Santa Martha rescues endemic animals that are being trafficked, kept as pets, used in circuses, or abused in other forms. It is a wonderful establishment tucked away in the flora of north Ecuador's … Continue reading The Sole Ecuadorian Jaguar
Located about six hours northwest of Tokyo, nestled in Yamanouchi, Nagano, the Jigokudani Monkey Park is a semi-wild primate sanctuary. The Japanese Macaques are very calm creatures that roam freely around the park, playing with each other, grooming each other, munching on bananas, and indulging in the natural hot water spring in the center of … Continue reading Japanese Macaques
I've often been accused of caring about animals more than people. (After all, I'm a vegetarian-turned-vegan and an animals-rights supporter. Or so the arguments have gone.) While this couldn't be further from the truth at this point in my life, there have been times where I was a die-hard misanthrope that wanted to be a … Continue reading To a Wandering Soul, Dirty Animals Need Love, Too.