Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
-- -AA Milne author (1882-1956)
Ivory poachers have killed 100,000 elephants (out of a total of 472,000 to 690,000 ) in just three years, according to a study published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. If the pace continues, the animals could be extinct in 100 years, the researchers estimate.
"We are shredding the fabric of elephant society," lead author George Wittemyer of Colorado State University said.
[National Geographic, BBC News]
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense.
~ Rumi

Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography -- Wilder's unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for the popular series -- is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself on fire while drunk off whiskey.

Annotated memoir by Laura Ingalls Wilder will tell the truth about life on the prairie

Remember the ladies...

On this date in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote.

There had been strong opposition to woman suffrage since before the Constitution was drafted in the first place; people (mostly men) believed that women should not vote or hold office because they needed to be protected from the sordid world of politics. Abigail Adams asked her husband, John, to "remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors," but to no avail.

A more organized woman suffrage movement arose in the 19th century, hand in hand with the abolitionist movement, and in July 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized a women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Stanton drafted a Declaration of Sentiments, modeled after the Declaration of Independence, demanding the right of women to have an equal say in their government if they were to be bound by its laws.


Our Trip to Chicago - a Google photo-essay

So far, the current Congress has enacted 142 laws, the fewest of any Congress in the past two decades. Only 108 of the bills passed were substantive pieces of legislation, while the remaining 34 dealt with renaming post offices, anniversary commemorations, and other ceremonial issues.
--- Pew Research Center

A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides.

The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up


Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal.



Everything has a beginning and an end. Life is just a cycle of starts and stops.
There are ends we don't desire, but they're inevitable, we have to face them. It's what being human is all about. - Jet Black