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Cuckoo over Cecil

Lessons & Reflections from the National Butterfly Center

I know it’s crazy, but I can’t stay silent about Cecil the Lion and all the current hype…I hope my comments are not considered cuckoo, but well crafted and cogent.

My father was a big game hunter and a Life Member of Safari Club International, an organization that is currently being vilified. When he killed the record-breaking Nile crocodile in 1991, the villagers ate the beast and celebrated my father as a hero. He was a "savior" to their clan, which had lost many people and livestock to this “devil.”

Just one of his trophy permits, for which he paid after being selected in a lottery, was $50,000. He was well into his 80’s when his number came up, and it didn’t matter that he’d just had another coronary catheterization, he hopped a plane and took off like Jeff Glassberg in hot pursuit of some incredibly rare butterfly.

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Eau de Ebony

Lessons & Reflections from the National Butterfly Center

The sweetness is starting to return to my life, and boy, is it delicious!  Over the past six months it’s been difficult to appreciate much of the good stuff that’s crossed my path, but the intoxicating fragrance of the Texas Ebony in bloom has awakened me to the richness of life, once again. 

Last year was a real doozy and the lessons I learned were bitter, at best.  I came to understand how grief can blind a person to beauty and leave one attuned to pain and sadness. This awful state makes it nearly impossible to experience pleasure or indulge in delightful pastimes, as the world becomes dull and the body longs for numbness.

What a kick in the pants it was when the sharp, tingly aroma of citrus, unexpectedly resurrected me!  It jolted my senses with sensational overtures, playful and enticing as a burlesque dancer, and my nose ushered in excitement for the first time in a long time.

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