Female Asian Widow or Blue-Tailed Yellow Skimmer (Palpopleura sexmaculata)
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
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Raw Caramel Nut Frosted Fudge
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 cup cacao powder
- 2 avocados
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Caramel Nut Frosting Ingredients:
- 1 cup dates, soaked in water for 1 hour
- 1/2 cup cashews, soaked in water for 1 hour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup nut milk (I use almond milk.)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
- Soak dates and cashews in water and set aside while you prepare the fudge layer.
- Combine all fudge ingredients in a food processor and process until creamy.
- Spread fudge in a parchment paper-lined loaf pan and place in the freezer to set.
- Drain dates and cashews and place them in the food processor with vanilla and sea salt. Process for 2-3 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides several times. Slowly drizzle in up to 1/4 cup of nut milk and process until smooth.
- Transfer frosting to a medium-sized bowl and fold in chopped walnuts.
- Spread frosting on top of the fudge layer and freeze for 30 minutes.
- Cut into 8 cake-sized pieces or 32 fudge bites. Serve immediately or store in the freezer. Thaw on the counter 30 minutes before serving, or experience the joy of a mouthful of freezer fudge throughout the season!
Old Story Teller: And a Man sat alone, drenched deep in sadness. And all the animals drew near to him and said, “We do not like to see you so sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.” The Man said, “I want to have good sight.” The vulture replied, “You shall have mine.” The Man said, “I want to be strong.” The jaguar said, “You shall be strong like me.” Then the Man said, “I long to know the secrets of the earth.” The serpent replied, “I will show them to you.” And so it went with all the animals. And when the Man had all the gifts that they could give, he left. Then the owl said to the other animals, “Now the Man knows much, he’ll be able to do many things. Suddenly I am afraid.” The deer said, “The Man has all that he needs. Now his sadness will stop.” But the owl replied, “No. I saw a hole in the Man, deep like a hunger he will never fill. It is what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking, until one day the World will say, ‘I am no more and I have nothing left to give.’”
Basking Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola)
Sunfish have been observed lying flat on the surface of the ocean. This allows seabirds to feed on parasites from its body. Having a large flat body means that the fish is a good host for parasites to attach to.
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When God Made Mothers
By the time the Lord made mothers, he was into the sixth day working overtime. An Angel appeared and said “Why are you spending so much time on this one?”
And the Lord answered and said, “Have you read the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; have 200 movable parts, all replaceable; run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that can hold three children at one time and that disappears when she stands up; have a kiss that can cure anything from a scrape knee to a broken heart; and have six pairs of hands.”
The Angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. “Six pairs of hands! No Way!” said the Angel.
The Lord replied, Oh, it’s not the hands that are the problem. It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have!”
"And that’s on the standard model?" the Angel asked. The Lord nodded in agreement, "Yep, one pair of eyes are to see through the closed door as she asks her children what they are doing even though she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head, are to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can. And the third pair are here in the front of her head. They are for looking at an errant child and saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word."
The Angel tried to stop the Lord. “This is too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish.”
"But I can’t!" The Lord protested, "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick and can feed a family of six on a pound of hamburger and can get a nine year old to stand in the shower."
The Angel moved closer and touched the woman, “But you have made her so soft, Lord.”
"She is soft," the Lord agreed, "but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."
"Will she be able to think?" Asked the angel.
The Lord replied, “Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason, and negotiate.”
The Angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman’s cheek. “Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one.”
"That’s not a leak." the Lord objected. "That’s a tear!"
"What’s the tear for?" the Angel asked.
The Lord said, “The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her disappointment, her pain, her loneliness, her grief, and her pride.”The Lord said,
The Angel was impressed. “You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything for this one. You even created the tear!”
The Lord looked at the Angel and smiled and said, “I’m afraid you are wrong again, my friend. I created the woman, but she created the tear!”
This right here gets me heated. When has it ever been a good idea to grab a dolphin by the flukes, and preventing him/her from entering the water?!?!?!
Obviously this trainer was going this as some sort of game, whether for the people watching or because he thought it was fun. The dolphin starts beaching itself on the slide out in order to get the attention of the trainer. Dolphins are frequently seen displaying abnormal behavior for the attention of their trainers, whether for food or for something to do because of lack of stimulation.
The trainer then gets the stupid idea to pull the dolphin back by his/her flukes and shove them in the water. Despite this being an active effort to prevent the animal from entering the water, everyone laughs.
The second time he does this, you can noticeably tell the dolphin becomes agitated or distressed, as he starts to struggle when the trainer pulls him back again. The trainer ignores the struggle and keeps pulling him back to push him back into the water again. The third time he tries this, you can tell the dolphin is in obvious distress. when he pulls the dolphin to the back of the slide out, the dolphin starts thrashing towards the water again, seemingly desperate to get back into the water.
This is just wrong. Dolphins are not built to support themselves on dry land, and they should not be treated as playthings to drag around for your own shits and giggles. I’m so pissed about this.