My Bestest Buddy Stanley

So, today it is RAINY. Usually, during these lovely winter months, Florida remains very dry, but, because of El Nino weather patterns, it has been raining a few times each month. This morning a BIG storm hit about 5 AM. It woke me up when the winds hit the house and then rain pounded down on my tin roof. Quite the storm, but nice and quiet now. Today, is my TREAT day!! My peace of mind and enjoy myself day. This afternoon I am heading over to Elmira's, a wildlife sanctuary near where I live, to feed PB&J sandwiches to the bears. They have 5 bears. Four of them are Florida black bears, which are actually quite small. They also have a HUGE grizzly, named Stanley, and he is my bud! Stanley was

Rethinking Cruises to Antarctica

In 1994, I traveled to McMurdo Base in the Antarctic as a guest of the US Air Force. The purpose of my trip was to gather research for a painting I created for the National Archives. The trip was fantastic. If you have never been to Antarctica, but have the chance to go, jump on it! What a spectacular place filled with penguins, seals, whales and a huge array of birds gliding peacefully in the bluest, cleanest skies you have ever seen...for now anyways. Recently, I returned to cruise the Antarctic peninsula for 10 days in 2018 over the Christmas/New Year’s Eve holiday on board the Sea Spirit, part of Poseidon Expeditions. This peninsula is directly south of Tierra del Fuego and we sailed to

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The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way it's animals are treated - Mahatma Ghandi

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