My Misunderstood, Wonderful Warthog

When I visited Kenya last year, I had the great pleasure of meeting more than a few Warthogs. The locals were humored at what they thought was my disproportionate appreciation of these animals.  I suppose it’s similar to someone having a fascination with squirrels or rats in Chicago. They’re everywhere, and so people sort of... Read more »

For Crying Out Loud

As it did for many, the story of Cecil caused me deep anguish. Friends who know my love for animals were sending me links and opinion pieces on the story. To most of which I replied, “I just can’t talk about it.” There was a wave of grief that overcame me. It stole my words.... Read more »

Whale. What are YOU doing here?

Whale. What are YOU doing here?
(request: read blog title again and pretend you’re in the SNL skit “The Californians.” thanks.) I’ve been dreaming a lot about whales lately. I actually always dream about whales, as they are my spirit guide soul buddies—but this is different. They’ve been showing up more often, and in unusual ways, the past few months. And... Read more »
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True, or true? Listen to the ladybug.

True, or true? Listen to the ladybug.
Wild Wisdom has been on hiatus for a few months. I pushed pause to take care of my home and spend some time working through my current growth spurt. I do miss writing about the animals. But I’ve had some run-ins with my inner critic lately who influences me more than I would like. I’m... Read more »

A Love Letter to My Beau: Who Also Happens to be an Elephant

A Love Letter to My Beau: Who Also Happens to be an Elephant
The following is a blog post as part of Blogapalooza, a ChicagoNow challenge to write and post within one hour of the topic being revealed. Tonight’s assignment: Write a love letter, but it can’t be to a person. Dear Beau: Don’t worry, I’m strong enough, you said. I was telling you, as you carried me on... Read more »

The Owl Interview: Secrets to Their High IQ

The Owl Interview: Secrets to Their High IQ
I stumbled across the story of this owl that was rescued in Thailand recently – and I can’t quite get her (or really, that face) out of my mind. It got me thinking about how amazing it is that many animals are symbols with shared meanings across many centuries and cultures. How can it be... Read more »
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Debunking the Myth that We Actually Outlive Our Pets

I feel like I haven’t been blogging long enough to write about the BIG topic. The heavy one. The death and dying stuff. Everyone has a story about losing the great animal love(s) they have known. It makes a permanent impression on your being. Can a blog really even make a meaningful scratch on the... Read more »

Find Out the Hummingbird Secrets

As long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to certain species – those that really speak to me and guide me. Among them: huge mammals, marine life, wise old tortoises, and so-totally-ugly-they’re-irresistibly-adorable pups. Winged creatures, on the other hand, have managed to escape my consciousness most of the time. I know there are so... Read more »

Listen to the Dolphins

It’s that time of year again. Many of us hear the cries of the dolphins calling out from their slaughter in Japan. In Taiji, hunters drive large groups of dolphins—highly evolved, social and trusting beings—into a cove of death. These precious creatures are scared into a shallow area, where they are tied by their tails,... Read more »
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The Giant Grouper & Other Underwater Insights

Several years ago, I had an adventurous streak and decided to get my scuba diving certification. It was really fun – although it’s a challenging hobby to maintain in Chicago. Over this recent holiday break, I had the chance to dive again in Grand Cayman. Known for some of the best diving in the world,... Read more »