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Happy 20 20.  An auspicious number. 20 20 vision is something that means we see perfectly.  Seeing and experiencing with full awareness - let's play this game - even if it requires bifocals(-:

The end of a long year.  Early night as I will work in the morning.  I feel the load of a busy time, and am thankful for my impending comfort.  My body holds the pent up anxiety of a busy holiday season.  I snuggle down anticipating letting go.  Onto the pillow and stretch and relax into my bed.  Comfort yet something is missing.  There it is.  Sage's wet nose is at the edge of the bed touching my arm.  In our customary fashion I lift the duvet and she slips in and curls up spooning into my torso.  I feel, once more as I have done many times before - that this is the best time of my day.  Sage is my dog.  She is my family.  She is Kin.  This is the connection that I love.

I consider the word Kin as I fall asleep  Is it the beginning of Kind?

When I wake in 2020 I look up the origin of t…
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What a sweetheart. She is the most gentle spirit I have ever met. Ever ever. Grace is her nature. Pure joy her energy. Light is always around her. And her bark - earth shattering.

I feel so blessed to have shared your life. Look so forward to our meeting on that bridge❤️

South American Penguin Scientist update - Promises

Dear PenguinPromises

The chicks have finally hatched and they are really cute. At the moment they are still very small, weighing about 100 grams each. They are not yet able to walk, so Promises must be very careful with them. The chicks are like new born babies. They have to be kept nice and warm, so the parents tuck the chicks underneath and gently lie over them.

Penguins have a special pouch of bare skin on their lower abdomen called a "brood pouch". It is only used for keeping eggs and chicks warm. Most of the time the pouch is held closed by involuntary muscles and the pouch is not visible under the feathers. When the chicks are underneath Promises the muscles are relaxed and the pouch opens, giving the chicks a warm and safe 'hollow' underneath Promises.

The chicks are born with thin thread-like feathers, so when they are tucked inside the pouch, the bare skin of the brood patch is held tightly against the chicks, and the chicks are kept at the same temperatur…

South American update

Dear PenguinPromises

The penguins have arrived back home after their winter migration to Brazil.
Here in the southern hemisphere we are now into Spring, which is the time of year for the penguins to lay eggs and raise chicks.

Magellanic penguins live to about 30 years of age, but do not begin breeding until they are 5 years old. That is the time when they develop the distinctive black and white lines, which distinguish the adults from juveniles that are still too young to breed. It takes 5 years for the penguins to develop strength and stamina, and to learn how to become experts at catching fish, which is very important for being a good parent. Feeding hungry chicks is very demanding and even the strongest adults loose around one quarter of their body weight during the chick-rearing process.

Our penguin colony lies on the beach along the Straits of Magellan, right on the border between Chile and Argentina. When I began my studies here in 2003 the colony was only in Argentina, but the…

South American Penguin update

Dear PenguinPromises

The penguins have been enjoying their winter migration. The rest and relaxation should leave Promises fat and healthy ready for the coming season of egg-laying and chick-rearing. More than a million penguins spend their winter migration off the coast of Brazil each year. I attach a photo of the penguins gathered together offshore.

On the beaches in Brazil the people do much the same thing as Promises. They lie around on the beaches resting and enjoying the sunny weather, just like Promises.
Every so often they sit up to eat and drink something, whilst the penguins just dive down under the water to grab a fish. Penguins and people come to Brazil to enjoy the same kind of vacations.

However now it is time for Promises to head back home to the colony. The penguins begin laying eggs in late October or early November, and they have a long journey ahead of them to get home in time for that. They have a journey of about 3,000 kilometers to get back to the colony.


embrace FEELING

The tan man is Draco - an old man, and Rocky (Rockstar), the young Jack Russell.  Two of the menagerie at home. The old man is rickety.  The youngster is the instigator, commentator and likes to think he is in charge.  The old man wants to be cuddled but has given up on competing for attention with the younger dogs.  He takes it from us when we offer it, and appreciates every second we give him.  Sounds like wisdom of the aged.
Being with the young and the old.  Knowing that life is short.  Excited about young puppy magic.  Worrying about old pains and aches and compassionately encouraging the best life.  Ensuring that young exuberance does not turn into chaos.

This is life.
Enter human beings with rules on how to get it right and what is definitely wrong.  We loose ourselves in the process and project our insecurities in our judgements and justifications.  
If we could just remember the moments when we are just being with the dogs.  Being compassionate and grateful.  Then we will re…

amazing penguin South America update

Dear PenguinPromises

By now Promises and friends will be arriving in southern Brazil. Some penguins will remain there during the winter whilst others will continue further north as far as Rio de Janeiro. So while our penguins are away enjoying their winter migration, it seems a good time for me to share with you our research results for the breeding season that has just finished.

The graphs attached might look complicated to people not familiar with graphs, but I will explain it all step by step so it should be easy to follow. I attach three graphs which show breeding success for each of our three study colonies, Cabo Virgenes (Punta Dungeness) in Argentina, Magdalena Island in Chile and the Falkland Islands. During October, after the penguins have laid their eggs, we begin following the progress of our adopted penguins at each site, and that is when each graph begins.

Let me begin by saying that the symbol "%" is the same as the word "percent", and it actually me…