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Happy Monday!

What flightless bird makes everyone smile?

A penguin.

What makes people smile more than the sight of just one penguin?

Lots of penguins.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

Happy Monday!

Tuxedo season is upon us.

The first few days of fall when the weather begins to pivot towards snow flurries (“Winter is coming…”) confirms the holiday season is here and that we must bundle up like the little brother in A Christmas Story. You can already here that cry in the distance:

“Ralphie…Ralphie!”

The bottom line is that we need to, as Barney Stinson would say, “Winter suit up!” And nobody dons a winter suit/tuxedo quite like a penguin. What’s more is that a penguin not only looks sharp, but a penguin also knows how to have fun at the same time.

The perfect way to start a Monday.

Have a Dance-Worthy Week!   

Happy Monday!

Tomorrow is the day…

This presidential election has been unusually consumed and driven by negativity and dire forecasts for our future. While it’s true that every election (national, state and local) is competitive and has the potential to get heated, we must figure out ways to overcome the divisiveness by proposing an appealingly positive vision. The reassuring saving grace to remember is that the future isn’t predetermined and, if people are able to bottle their individual energy and ideas into a force for the better, then one of those moments that redefine sciety can happen.

The greatest part of America isn’t the president, but the American people. And if our leaders remember this eternal truth, then our future can be the best of what we the people envision.

For the time between now and election day tomorrow, here’s a reminder of the wonder and happiness that is our world when two completely different beings come together for a moment of sheer joy.

A baby penguin and a zoologist for the win.

Have an Inspired Week!

Buddy’s March for Survival

An African penguin is on the march of (and for) its life right now.

An African penguin on a beach in South Africa

(African Penguin, stock image)

Buddy, an African penguin, was recently discovered stolen by two recklessly misguided students from a South African marine park. A news report from the BBC states that the two students took Buddy as a demonstration, in which the guilty party concocted their high-minded statement to promote animals being reunited back into their natural habitat.

There’s just one minor issue: How high-minded is it to potentially kill the very animal they attempted to save?

“But Buddy was born in the park, and has no idea how to survive in the wild.

Experts say the penguin could last for just two more weeks before he will starve to death.”
–BBC News Online

There’s a significant problem with protestors, which is that the macro cause may be worthy of discussion and debate, but a critical question far too often remains unanswered: “What happens the next day?” This introspective of the micro, a necessary cognitive exercise, is rarely contemplated with any degree of seriousness or consequence within the exhilarating spirit of protest. It needs to be said that protests can be a great, powerful force for good. On the other hand, protests can equally translate into a powerfully reckless and dangerous force for evil. In this situation, there’s no doubt the two students made a statement. Yes, the academic scholars made a declaration akin to animal malpractice that has the heart-wrenching probability of marching an innocent penguin (and its family) to its death.

Buddy was part of a breeding pair, and was looking after his two new chicks with mate Francis when he was stolen.

Since his disappearance, one of the chicks has died, although park officials do not know if this was related. Francis is also now unable to leave the nest, as Buddy is not there to take over from her.
–BBC News Online

Dr. Ian Malcolm famously said, “Life…finds a way.”

Let’s pray Buddy safely finds his way back to his home and family in the coming days.