m“Is that a fish?”
“No, flat tale, blowhole no gills, that’s a whale, silly.”

Whales are magnificent creatures. Beauty, intelligent, and full of mystery.

It’s interesting how these gentle giants that are seen on Save the Whales T-shirts, since many of their species are now endangered from the result of over-hunting, were once feared and believed to be sea monsters. In 1913, a German liner was reported in a newspaper to have been attacked by a herd of right whales [though unknown to be harmless at the time]; because of their jagged teeth, Sperm whales were known as the Devil of the Sea, hence part of the inspiration for Melville’s Moby Dick; and killer narwhales were believed  to be able to pierce through ships with their tusks, according to monstresmarins.ca. Continue reading

I Can Ride My Bike with No Handlebars

“Handlebars” was once a fad that has waned in popularity over the years, but that does not take away the powerful themes that are found within its lyrics:

Large events are formed by small choices. The choices that we make today begin small, such as riding a bike with no handlebars, but they build and build upon each other. We are all capable of doing great things. We have the potential for both good, and evil. For leading a holocaust, or a revolution. We have the capability for great things, but the choice in how our greatness will be known. War leads only to violence, bloodshed. So then, why is so much money poured into it, compared to digging wells in Africa? . . . Friends, brothers–those who are once close can become archenemies from the choices that they make, the paths that they choose. They can begin the same, but can become polar opposites.

“I can ride my bike with no handlebars. No handlebars. No handlebars.”

GHS Lip Dub

Such love . . . Mrs. Dana Taylor, a teacher at Greenbrier High School, was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the whole school came together to make this video and support her in her fight! I highly encourage you to take the time and watch this awesome, powerful video.