All photos are the work of Irene Suchocki
A young Rattus Norvegicus
(better known as the brown rat)
helps himself to the lunch of a 12-year-old
African leopard named Sheena
at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in
Sheena gives the little dinner thief a sniff
and goes back about her leopard business.
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A mermaid is a mythological aquatic creature
with a female human head, arms, and torso and the
tail of a fish. A male version of a mermaid is known
as a "merman" and in general both males and females
are known as "merfolk".
Mermaids are represented in the folklore,
literature and popular culture of
many countries worldwide.
Art by Josephine Wall
The first known mermaid stories appeared
in Assyria, ca. 1000 BC. The goddess Atargatis,
mother of Assyrian queen Semiramis, loved a mortal
shepherd and unintentionally killed him. Ashamed,
she jumped into a lake to take the form of a fish,
but the waters would not conceal her divine beauty.
Thereafter, she took the form of a mermaid—human
above the waist, fish below—though the earliest
representations of Atargatis showed her as a fish
with a human head and legs, similar to the Babylonian Ea.
The Greeks recognized Atargatis under the name Derketo.
Prior to 546 BC, the Milesian philosopher Anaximander
proposed that mankind had sprung from an aquatic
species of animal. He thought that humans, with their
extended infancy, could not have survived otherwise.
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art by John William Waterhouse
of Mother’s Sacrifice during the
After the Earthquake had subsided, when the
rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house,
they saw her dead body through the cracks.
But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on
her knees like a person was worshiping; her body
was leaning forward, and her two hands were
supporting by an object.
The collapsed house had crashed her back and her head.
With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer
team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall
to reach the woman’s body. He was hoping that this
woman could be still alive. However,
the cold and stiff body told him that
she had passed away for sure.
He and the rest of the team left this house and
were going to search the next collapsed building.
For some reasons, the team leader was driven by
a compelling force to go back to the ruin house
of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used
his had through the narrow cracks to search the little
space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement,” A child! There is a child! “
The whole team worked together; carefully they removed
the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman.
There was a 3 months old little boy wrapped in a
flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body.
Obviously, the woman had made an ultimate sacrifice
for saving her son. When her house was falling,
she used her body to make a cover to protect her son.
The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when
the team leader picked him up.
The medical doctor came quickly to exam the
little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell phone
inside the blanket. There was a text message on the
screen. It said,” If you can survive, you must remember
that I love you.” This cell phone was passing
around from one hand to another.
Every body that read the message wept.
” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.”
Such is the mother’s love for her child!!
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Longest day, shortest night, longest light, shortest dark...
The world within echoes the world without,
lush foliage, leaves unfurled, soft springy grass dotted
with brightly colored flowers peeping through,
the earth is green and bright with warm sunny days...
clear velvety blue skies, gentle cool breezes,
Nature in glory, our hopes blossom, creativity flowers
with the season, the seeds of the fruit our desires will bear,
can be seen on the stems of our dreams...
(Summer Solstice Poems - Poetry 2011)