Firstly, I am sorry because this post have to be a Blogcast i.e. an audio on a topic. But sadly, I lost my phone some days back so I am totally cut off from the world 😀
So, for now I am being social and doing things in my laptop. I couldn’t make an audio but I won’t disappoint because thankfully, I had this video of mine, which I made last week.
It’s on how “others” play an important part in our lives.
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I’m currently on a mission to spread kindness! If you feel that being kind, gentle, considerate, and accepting of others is important to you, this might be a challenge you’re interested in. Details about the challenge are in the blogcast!
Sorry it was unscripted and it’s my first time doing a blogcast. Thank you so much for listening!
Hello everybody! I was asked by @sashay909 to do today’s blogcast, so here it is! It’s a continuation of the post I published last week about how jaguars are now being featured in Traditional Asian Medicine. In this blogcast I go into a little more detail about what I think needs to happen in order to address this emerging threat to jaguars. It’s a little quiet, so you might have to turn your volume up.
Here are the two articles I referenced in the talk:
- The Traditional Asian Medicine Trade is Taking a Heavy Toll on Bolivian Jaguars
- The Shocking Scale Of The Asian Big Cat Trade
Please don’t let these posts taint your perceptions of people from east Asian countries. They are no more or less responsible for the current mass extinction crisis than anyone else. In fact, the United States’ demand for exotic pets is another major contributor to the illegal wildlife trade. In order to be fair, you will find two articles about this problem below:
Helen Keller (1880-1968) was an incredible author – she became blind and deaf following an infection aged just 19months old and thus was also mute – until she developed some limited ability to speak, by lip-reading via touch and sensing the vibrations of a speakers voice. Until she was around seven years old, she lived captive to a world of silence and darkness, with no understanding of words or their meanings. She was a frustrated, angry child, with behavioural problems resulting from her inability to communicate and her family spoiling her. Her life was transformed by the teaching methods and devotion of her governess, Annie Sullivan, herself previously blind but her sight partially restored by an operation. Anne Sullivan remained Helen’s companion, teacher and aide until she died in 1936, after which Helen was assisted for the remainder of her lifetime by companion Polly Thompson. Helen Keller lived an active and inspiring life until she was very almost 88 years old.
[Image above is in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons, caption as provided]
I decided to share some of Helen Keller’s writing with you, by way of recording my readings of extracts. The links here will direct to my transcripts of these readings (transcripts hosted at my blog, link will open in a new window). Part 1 is extracts from her 1903 essay ‘Optimism’:
(it’s my first reading of Keller’s work and my first public reading in a very long while, so I hope you forgive my shaky amateur performance!)