Some time ago, I wrote a post about a co-worker’s successful captive breeding project at the zoo where I am a keeper. One of the first comments was from someone who was saddened about the animal being…View More Why Zoos?
It’s no secret that I love my job. Becoming a reptile keeper at the Knoxville Zoo last year was a dream come true. Incredible things happen there every day, and I’m so honored to be…View More A Cool Thing Happened at Work: Baby Chinese Crocodile Lizards
I’m stepping out of my comfort zone here. I write book reviews often enough. Those require some thought, but usually they aren’t terribly difficult. I have an easy time with those mostly because I write…View More Cave Woman’s Musician of the Day: Cereus Bright
Here is my Ten Things I Don’t Want to Hear Two Days Before Christmas list: I have a Christmas lunch at work/school/preschool tomorrow. What would you like to make? I need to start my Christmas…View More Ten Things I Don’t Want to Hear Two Days Before Christmas
Christmas can be a tough time of year. I know this from experience. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the demands on our time, bank accounts, sanity. For many years, I have struggled to hold…View More Christmas Spirit, It’s Free
I read a lot of galleys. A lot of them. My dream is to discover the next big thing before they’re actually, you know, the next big thing. Everybody loves to have a good “I…View More Featured Book: MIXED FEELINGS by Olivia R. Burton
I don’t. There. I said it. I don’t like the state fair. When the family packed up to make our annual trek, I tried hiding under the couch but someone spotted me. I tried to…View More Who Doesn’t Love The Fair?
Once upon a time, an interesting species of turtle became extinct. Last seen in 1908, the Arakan Forest Turtle, Heosemys depressa, disappeared and was never seen again. (This seems like a sad story, but stick with me.)…View More Success In An Elusive F2 at The Knoxville Zoo
When my husband and I first started talking about having children almost two decades ago, one of our concerns was the pervasive violence in our culture. Seeing boys barely old enough to write their names…View More How to Raise Gun-Free Boys
In 2012 the world lost something unique. I wanted take a minute to remember Lonesome George. He was the last of his kind, the sole representative of the Pinta Island subspecies of Galapagos tortoise. A $10,000…View More Remembering Lonesome George