Saturday, 28 April 2012

What Will Become Of Mila The Elephant?




I've been following the story of Mila the elephant for several days. She is a 39-year-old African elephant who recently killed her caregiver, Dr Schofield.  The doctor was a vet and owner of Franklin Zoo.

photo source NZ Herald
The details of the death are still unclear as stories appear to vary. One version states Mila received an electric shock from her fenced enclosure and charged Dr Schofield as she tried to calm her and another says the elephant misinterpreted the instructions given to her and crushed Dr Schofield.

Mila was born in Africa and resided at two different zoos before spending 30 years of her life in a circus. When she was retired, she was sent to Franklin Zoo and remained in the care of Dr Schofield for two years. The doctor was working on a plan to send Mila to an elephant sanctuary to live out the remainder of her years.


There are also conflicting reports as to why Mila killed her caregiver. I am shocked but not surprised when I hear stories of this nature. Mila is a wild animal after all, not a pet. Elephants are not solitary animals and although she has been cared for, she has been confined and performing tricks for humans without contact with any elephants for a very long time.


Authorities have yet to determine the fate of Mila. In my opinion, this tragedy will only be intensified if the elephant is destroyed. Mila still has a place waiting for her at the elephant sanctuary. I'm hoping Dr Schofield's wishes will be carried out so Mila can spend her remaining years with her own kind and hopefully rediscover what it's like to be an elephant again.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Keeping Up With KB



Our recipe for this week is...Simply Delish Mini Meat Pies and Pasties.

 
Here's my poem for today...

You’re a friend of mine
I’ll love you till the end
I’d follow you to the ends of the earth
Your life I would defend

Click on the link to read more...You're A Friend Of Mine

I wrote this poem for the Helium website but it's against their rules to publish the full poem to blogs, etc, so if you'd like to read more, you can follow the above link

Not much else to report for today but all is good.

Love KB
xxx

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Happy Birthday To Me




Enjoyed a wonderful birthday lunch with my family yesterday. Whitesnake treated me like a princess all day...he does that every day actually. Received some lovely gifts. It was nice to discover I'd come 3rd in the poetry contest too. A fantastic day.



Here's my poem for today...


Tears fall unexpectedly
Emotions confused
Plans criss-cross
We share different views

Clink on the link to read more...Crossed Wires

I wrote this poem for the Helium website but it's against their rules to publish the full poem to blogs, etc, so if you'd like to read more, you can follow the above link.

Cheers KB
xxx

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

A Foggy Morning

Here's my poem for today...

Fog rolls in from the lake
Hiding the dawn from the sleepy town
What does it hide within
Cloaked beneath its velvet gown

Clink on the link to read more...A Foggy Morning

I wrote this poem for the Helium website and it's against their rules to publish the full poem to blogs, etc, so if you want to read more, you can follow the above link.

Cheers KB
xxx

Monday, 23 April 2012

Behind Closed Doors

Here's my poem for today...

Many times she cried at night
Naked and alone
Flesh and blood sacrificed
To build their family home

Behind false smiles, she’d hide away
Mis...click on the link to read more...Behind Closed Doors

I wrote this poem for the Helium website and one or their terms is being unable to publish the full poem to blogs, etc, so if you want to read more, you can follow the above link

Cheers KB
xxx

Sunday, 22 April 2012

How To Write A Solid Book Review

Here are my tips on how to write a solid book review.

A solid book review should enable the reader to make an informed decision as to whether they want to read the book or not...



I wrote this article for the Helium website and one or their terms is we don't publish the full article to blogs, etc, so if you want to read more, you can follow the above link.


Have a great day
Love KB
xxx

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Keeping Up With KB

Hi all,

I've had a cold for the past couple of days so I've been taking it easy.



I've been writing poetry...sitting 3rd in the Helium Poetry Contest at the moment.

I've also been getting stuck into... Under The Dome by Stephen King, 300 pages down and still over 500 to go. Love it!

I have my last CBT session tomorrow and I have mixed feelings about it. I've gone from not looking forward to them to really enjoying the sessions and I've come a long way in six weeks. I know it's time for me to put more of what I've learnt into place and I'm looking forward to that but I'm kinda sad to be finished too. My anxiety and stress levels have come down so much in the past few weeks and I've been sleeping better. I feel like I'm me again. It's a great feeling.

Looking forward to a few days off with Whitesnake too.
Righto, that's me up to date, hope you are all well. I'm going to head over to Helium to find a topic to write about.

Later
Love KB
xxx

Monday, 16 April 2012

Dogs Constantly Amaze Me

This brave chocolate lab is staying with a dog which has just been run over.



Animal shelter staff have named her Grace. They say she looks well cared for but she has been put up for adoption as nobody has come to claim her.

Source:nydailynews.com

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Helium Poetry Contest

Whitesnake and I are taking part in this month's Helium Creative Writing Competition. We are both on the leader board at the moment and have been as high on the board as number 2. The final results will be calculated in the next two weeks.

I've really enjoyed getting back into writing poetry. There were ten titles available to write to so I sat down for an hour a day and tackled one at a time until I completed all ten. Ten poems in three days was excellent going for me.

You can't vote for the poems unless you are a Helium member but I'd appreciate any feedback. You can also tweet and like them by following the links below and clicking the tweet and like buttons. I'll let you know how we do in a couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to taking part in the next competition too.

Helium offers prizes in their competitions and a small incentive for writing articles. Let me know if you are interested in becoming a member and I'll send you an invite.

KB

  1. Poetry: Forever young
  2. Poetry: Ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it
  3. Poetry: Heat of the moment
  4. Poetry: Is there something I should know?
  5. Poetry: Livin' on a prayer
  6. Poetry: Modern love
  7. Poetry: Should I stay or should I go?
  8. Poetry: Under the Milky Way
  9. Poetry: You can do magic
  10. Poetry: You're a friend of mine


    Whitesnake

    1. Poetry: Should I stay or should I go?
    2. Poetry: Ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it
    3. Poetry: Is there something I should know?
    4. Poetry: Livin' on a prayer
    5. Poetry: You're a friend of mine
    6. Poetry: Heat of the moment
    7. Poetry: Forever young
    8. Poetry: Modern love
    9. Poetry: Under the Milky Way
    10. Poetry: You Can Do Magic



    Love KB
    xxx

    Sunday, 8 April 2012

    Happy Easter

    Happy Easter my friends!

    Whitesnake has to work today so I'm going to spend the day reading, writing and pottering around. What are you doing for the Easter holidays?

    Here's my article for today...Tips for dealing with stress and recipe is...Mussels in a garlic and white wine sauce



    See you again soon
    Love KB
    xxx

    Tuesday, 3 April 2012

    Teaser Tuesdays - Under The Dome by Stephen King

    Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by the lovely MizB of Should Be Reading.

    Here's how it works...

    Grab your latest read, open it up and share two sentences from the page. Easy as that. Don't forget to link back to MizB and share the title and author of your book so others can add to their TBR (to be read) list if they wish.





    Here's my teaser...

    Her eyes were wide, but there was no panic in them, only bewilderment. There was no time for panic.



    Keeping Up With KB


    Feeling a bit blah the last few days mood wise but there's still a lot going on I suppose. Whitesnake has started his new job and all is going well there. House is still on the market, no offers as yet but some interest. Have had three session of CBT so far. Felt on a real high when I left the session last week as I felt I was making a lot of progress but since then, been feeling a bit unmotivated. I have homework from the session each week and I haven't completed any so far. Perhaps I shall go and do that now and see how I feel after.

    Here's my poem for the day...Last Chance


    Hope you are all well
    Love KB
    xxx

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