The Surprising Social Habits of Crows

Originally posted on Longreads:
At Seattle Met, James Ross Gardner reports on the surprising social arrangements and habits of crows, who recognize and remember individual people and hold funerals to honor their dead — a phenomenon that is helping scientists like Kaeli Swift understand how intelligent creatures process death. Feed a crow and she will…

The Train Always Wins

Originally posted on Awethentiq®:
There are upward of 7,500 level crossings in South Africa. No country has the money to replace all of these with road bridges. We grew up with level crossings and respected them with an acute reverence. That was fifty, sixty years ago. The level crossings are still there, of necessity. To…

Did You Know?

Interesting animals trivia During World War II a cat called Oscar served on the German battleship Bismarck. When the Bismarck was torpedoed Oscar was rescued by a British sailor on board HMS Cossack. Five months later HMS Cossack was sunk but Oscar was rescued by HMS Ark Royal. Only 3 weeks later a German U-boat […]

Sometimes a Tortoise Is More Than a Tortoise

Originally posted on Longreads:
Hanya Yanagihara’s parents bought a pet tortoise, Fred — cold-blooded, beady-eyed, and surprisingly particular. (“He liked only red hibiscus, not pink.”) Fred is 15 years old, and will likely live another hundred years. He’s part pet, part rejection of death, and part claim on filial devotion, all under one neat shell. In a post-industrialized…

O Adam (Mavim) 💙

Originally posted on Bircece:
Her insanın beklediği biri vardır bu hayatta belki gelecek belki de hiç gelmeyecek olan… Benim beklediğim insan sendin sevgilim sen geldin huzurum geldi kaybettiğim çocukluk sevinçlerim,masumiyetim,heyecanlarım geldi.Gözlerin aşk ve huzur dolu bakıyordu bu yüzden deli gibi aşık oldum o gözlere.Mucizenin diğer adı oldun, her gece ettiğim ve hep ediyor olacağım şükür…

New Project …

Originally posted on Deidra Alexander's Blog:
Everyone seems to be teaching some kind of class or writing some kind of how to book. Someone suggested I take an inventory of my skills and then create an empire around my greatest ability. I thought jeez I want an empire, surely I learned a thing or two…

Chasing the Harvest: ‘It Used to Be Only Men That Did This Job’

Originally posted on Longreads:
Gabriel Thompson | Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture | Voice of Witness / Verso Press | May 2017 | 22 minutes (6,254 words) The stories of the more than 800,000 men, women, and children working in California’s fields—one third of the nation’s agricultural work force—are rarely heard. The new book Chasing the…

At War With the Rat Army

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Alice Herdan-Zuckmayer | The Farm in the Green Mountains | New York Review Books | May 2017 | 11 minutes (2,896 words)  ? Below is an excerpt from Alice Herdan-Zuckmayer’s memoir The Farm in the Green Mountains. Having fled Nazi Germany, the Zuckmayers ended up spending several years of their exile on a farm in Vermont, where they engaged in…