Saturday, 24 December 2011

Elephant No. 84: Happy Holidays

No detailed blog today, just a sincere wish for a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Joyous Eid, and happy holidays with loved ones near and far.

And, since Christmas is my personal tradition, I will leave you with two of my favourite quotations:

"We hear the beating of wings over Bethlehem and a light that is not of the sun or of the stars shines in the midnight sky. Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds. Let it be remembered as a story that has happened again and again, to men of many different races, that has been expressed through many religions, that has been called by many different names. Time and space and language lay no limitations upon human brotherhood." —New York Times editorial, December 25, 1937

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons.  It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more." —Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Elephant sanctuaries (this Wikipedia list allows you to click through to information on a number of sanctuaries around the world)
Performing Animal Welfare Society
Bring the Elephant Home
African Wildlife Foundation

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