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 »

Life Lessons from My Veterinarian

Dear Barb: Over the years, I’ve seen countless “patient” letters posted in vet offices and emergency care centers thanking veterinarians for caring for well-loved pet family members. There are often extraordinary circumstances, amazing outcomes and dramatic turns of health — as well as accounts of extra special end of life care. These heartfelt testimonials always... Read more »

Talking Turkey—Five Cool Facts About the Guest of Honor.

Talking Turkey—Five Cool Facts About the Guest of Honor.
There’s no shortage of Turkey chatter this week, as the mascot of Thanksgiving finds its way into parades and art projects, and on to dinner plates. As you express your gratitude, take a moment to consider what Turkey is really bringing to the table—and impress your family by sharing one of these tidbits as you... Read more »
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Obstacles Ahead? Talk to Salmon and Rise Above.

Obstacles Ahead? Talk to Salmon and Rise Above.
When learning to be open to messages from other species, it can come in stages. Dogs? Most people would say sure. Birds? Hmmm…okay. Insects, whaaaat? And fish? That’s when people really look at me like I’m crazy. But consider this—what creature can teach us as much about overcoming challenges, and facing them head on, than... Read more »

From the Hedgehog files

From the Hedgehog files
Following is an excerpt from a recent interview conducted with Hedgehog, based on the tiny spiny creature’s request.  JR:       Nice to meet you Hedgehog, I understand you wanted to share a few thoughts? HH:      uh hum. Yes, thank you for the opportunity. I was recently elected by my animal peers to be a... Read more »

What DOES the Fox Say, Anyway?

The Norwegian viral sensation song is hilarious and catchy—and dare I say, educational? One of those games we play with tiny humans involves our delight in teaching them to imitate the noises animals make. This custom crosses cultures as a fairly universal way that we teach children to communicate. What’s ironic is that as infants... Read more »
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Take a Hint from the Wild Side

Take a Hint from the Wild Side
Sometimes I am overwhelmed with the messages from animals I sense swirling around me. For a long time, this scared me a lot – and I would do my best to suppress these messages as part of my overactive imagination. As someone who values science and the concrete, I would tell myself that I was... Read more »