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Yesterday I saw an article about a giraffe in a zoo who was pregnant, soon to have her baby. The zoo had set up a video cam so people all over the world could see the event. Then, suddenly, the video was gone. Why?  Well, because some animal rights group had objected to the video, shown on You Tube, on grounds of nudity and sexual content. It took a few hours, but the video was up and running again as of last night.

Animal nudity?  Horrible!  Outrageous!  Put some CLOTHES on that female!  Honestly, it’s embarrassing, the way she goes around having a baby in public!

Sexual content?  Well, if you’ve ever seen any animal–or even a human mom–in the process of giving birth, I can tell you it’s not a terribly sexy sight.  In fact, some fathers who have watched the birth of their first child  have been known to swear off sex  forever.  I doubt very much they kept that vow, but my point is, birth is not about getting off on raw sex.  It’s about birth. It’s about the amazing process that reproduces a human or an animal

Children who grow up on farms often witness birth long before they understand anything about sex. As far as I know, they don’t become sex maniacs after watching the birth of a calf or a litter of kittens.

 I have to wonder if these same people who were so outraged about the giraffe were similarly outraged by, for instance, the behavior of Miley Cyrus, whose purpose was unquestionably and overtly sexual.

Then, this morning, I read about the very early birth of twin girls in Scotland, born just a day or two before the abortion cut-off point at which it would be illegal in Scotland to abort them. They’re so tiny, they can be held together in one hand. Amazing that they survived, but so far, they’re doing well.

Reading the article, I was once again impressed with the “When does it become a baby” debate.Legally, here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, it’s not a baby until the mother decides to take it home.  If she walks away  from the hospital, it’s not a baby. It’s just junk, I guess.

Favorite Places

The Wanderer

Tell us about the top five places you’ve always wanted to visit.


(**Already been there)

  1.  Ireland.  Land of green, of magical creatures, beautiful little villages and  ocean views.  Also land of sorrow, suffering, and death. Pathos.
  2. England**   Still so much more to see there, but I’ve seen Stonehenge before they put up the barriers to keep people from vandalizing the stones.  I’ve seen a lot of London.  Been to King Arthur’s grave, and Salisbury and Bath.  Loved it.  For an English and history teacher, it was like coming home.

3.  Scotland.  Rugged terrain.  History,  Loch Ness.

4.  Germany**  Again, history.  If my son and his family hadn’t moved there  16+ years ago, I may not have been there.  Loved Oberamergau, the Passion Play, the countryside.  The castles.  The tidy villages and orderly way of life.

5.  Boy, this is hard.  So many other places I’d love to see, but I think I’ll bring it home to America this time.  I’d love to see Hawaii, but if I’m going to stay in the mainland I guess I’d really love  to go to New Orleans.  Louisiana is one of the  two or three states I’ve never been to, and I’d love to see it.  I’ve read a great deal about it, the history (do you see a running theme here?)  and the uniqueness of the population there. I’m not so interested in Mardi Gras, but I am very interested indeed in the day-to-day life of the people who live there.

It’s probably a good thing there was a limit of five places.  I really want to see everything I’ve never seen.  I’m fascinated by the Orient, and while I don’t especially enjoy deserts, I’d like to see the Sahara maybe from the distance of a helicopter seat 🙂  I’d love to see the African game lands, with their herds of uniquely African animals.  I’d love to spend time in the South Pacific. . . .well, you get the idea.  If I were wealthy, I’d travel.

In comfort.