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[“Peace and Justice Files” columnist Skip Mendler left the United States on January 19, and is headed toward the Eastern Mediterranean to help with refugee assistance. He’s making a few stops along the way.]


TRR photo by Kristin Barron

“That giraffe” is Tajari, a calf born last April at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY.

‘That giraffe’

Did you know that a giraffe’s tongue is purple to protect it from sunburn in hot climates? Or that a giraffe has seven vertebrae in its long neck—the same as other mammals including people?

I didn’t. That is, until the giraffe April brought all things giraffe to my attention.

Context is everything

I’m grateful to James Barth for pointing out an unintentional ambiguity in my last column. I failed to make it clear that, like the job creation data I mentioned, the statistic I quoted on GHG reduction—“27% since 2005”—relates only to the electricity generation sector, which accounts for roughly a third of CO2 emissions in the U.S.

Summertime

Summer. Why can’t it be ever thus? Birds of every feather on the wing. Morning glories climbing on the trellis, bees and hummingbirds hovering over blossoms. In places like this, part-timers like me are ensconced in our getaway lives, sinking into our passions, painting or writing or sawing wood. Seeing.

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