Friday, April 24, 2015

A More Modern Zoo Philosophy

Living Desert Zoo
After visiting a major metropolitan zoo about twenty-five years ago, which shall remain nameless since I would like to believe it has evolved a more modern zoo philosophy, I was in no hurry to ever visit another.

Fast forward a couple decades, and I found myself at the Omaha Zoo, simply to kill a little time. I was floored. The habitats were so much more natural than I remembered from my previous experience.  Animals were integrated into their particular habitat, such as a desert or jungle rather than the old “reptile building.”  The zoo is constantly working to make habitats better, and it is currently constructing an immense African Grasslands that I can’t wait to see.

Living Desert Zoo
With my faith renewed, I visited the San Diego Zoo and was again pleasantly surprised at the lengths they have gone to make the habitats as good for the animals as possible. Most recently, I spent a few hours at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert, California.  A few of the enclosures were amazing with fences built out of view over rolling hills giving the illusion of endless space. The Bighorn Sheep even had a natural rocky hill to climb, and again the backside of the enclosure was left to the imagination out of view.

Nothing is an adequate substitute for animals freely roaming their natural environment, but I admit that zoos do serve an important purpose. Some animals are so close to extinction in the wild, one would have to ask if it’s better to let them disappear or to try and keep the gene pool healthy.  Zoos contribute to research and a better understanding of many species. Most important is the vital role zoos can play in educating the next generation. Few can watch and learn about animals, even in captivity, and not develop some desire to protect them.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Adventure Inspirations – John Muir on Bears

“Bears are made of the same dust as we, and they breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters. A bear’s days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are overdomed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and ebbs with heart pulsing like ours. He was poured from the same first fountain. And whether he at last goes to our stingy Heaven or not, he has terrestrial immortality. His life, not long, not short, knows no beginning , no ending. To him life unstinted, unplanned, is above the accidents of time, and his years, markless and boundless, equal eternity.”

 - John Muir, 1838, Yosemite, California -

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Love Comes Calling

I am pleased to introduce inspirational romance author, Deborah M. Piccurelli, and her new novel, Love Comes Calling, available now through Amazon for your Kindle for just $0.99. Please continue reading for more on Deborah and her wonderful story.


The day new Christian, Derek Spencer, shows up on Charlie Parkes’s doorstep to make up for what he’d done, is the very day he falls in love with her. But Charlie’s sister mistakes him for a home improvement contractor, and he decides to play along until he finds a way to reveal who he really is. 

Charlie is attracted to Derek, but knows the attention he pays her is only flattery. How could such a great-looking guy fall for someone with a face like hers? Nevertheless, the two form a relationship that brings a joy to Charlie that’s way beyond her wildest dreams. 

But what will happen when Derek’s true identity is revealed?


After years of reading books and watching movies with an element of romance, Deborah M. Piccurelli’s desire to write romance novels came naturally. She is active in her church and is an advocate for sanctity of life. Deborah is the author of two novels and several cause-related newspaper articles. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and the New Jersey Society of Christian Writers. As one of the winners in a contest by The Christian Authors Show, details of Deborah’s writing journey can be found in the 2013-2014 edition of the book, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading. Deborah lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two sons.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Adventure Scrapbook – Found Nowhere Else On Earth

Located northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada near the border with California, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a fascinating and unique ecosystem. The refuge was established in 1984, and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service. Over 23,000 acres of spring-fed wetlands and alkaline desert uplands protect a number of threatened and endangered species found nowhere else in the world. Water from over 100 miles to the northeast enters a vast aquifer system, and slowly moves underground until it is forced to the surface by a geological fault. The seeps and springs created as the water reaches the surface make the refuge a unique spot in the dry Mojave Desert. The visual contrast between the desert and the wetlands, along with its wide array of plant and animal life are well worth the detour on the way to Death Valley. For more information visit

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Dose Of Danger Coming May 29, 2015

When researcher, Grace Talbot, and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss, they become targets of a group dedicated to controlling the multi-billion dollar a year diet-product industry. Her unsanctioned testing methods bring tragedy to the family ranch, and the attention of the local sheriff’s deputy. With her colleagues either dead, missing, or on the run, she soon realizes she must trust the deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?