I was reading the news yesterday … yes it was on-line and not an actual newspaper (hey, I went old school with my daily planer, don't take away ALL of my 21st century vices). I came across an article about a teenager that lost her fight with cancer. As a last wish she got to record Katy Perry's "Roar". The internet is full of articles like this. We read them, we cry, we thank God (or our higher power) for what we have, we spend an hour or so truly thankful and then we forget and start to complain again about how rough we have it. Traffic, bills, fights with our (ex)partners.
As you sit down with family and friends tomorrow remember what you are thankful for. Try to make the feeling of gratefulness last longer then just one day. Of course we have the obvious …
And my not so obvious ...
My shoes (and clothes in general)
My ability to walk to the market and buy just about any kind of food I want
My books (all 385 of them)
My notebooks and journals (all 523 of them … yes I have a problem)
The fact that I figured out how to hook up my laptop to my TV
My ability to ignore things (if you ignore something bad it eventually goes away, its called Scarlet Syndrome)
No mater where you are tomorrow try to remember to be thankful for what you have … not for what you want. Yes, their is a difference.
Monday, November 11, 2013
I just found out (on FaceBook of course) that the Black Rhino is now extinct. Check out www.geekexchange.com for more info.
Its amazing what we put up with day to day and not say or do anything. But … the slightest chance that all people may have the same rights and look out. I mean really, what affect does my marrying a man have on anybody's life but mine?
Sorry, I digress.
Below is a list of animals/mammals/plants that we have lost since 1960. The list includes animals from North America. I , you , or your children will never see any of these animals in the wild ever again.
|2007||Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit||Brachylagus idahoensispop. 2||Douglas, Grant, Lincoln, Adams and Benton counties of Washington state||mammal|
|1994||Hadley Lake Limnetic Stickleback||Gasterosteussp. 12||Hadley Lake on Lasqueti Island, British Columbia||fish|
|1994||Hadley Lake Benthic Stickleback||Gasterosteussp. 13||Hadley Lake on Lasqueti Island, British Columbia||fish|
|1994||Pearson's Hawthorn||Crataegus pearsonii||Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas||plant|
|1992||Vancouver Island Wolverine||Gulo gulo vancouverensis||Vancouver Island, British Columbia||mammal|
|1988||Fish Lake Pyrg||Pyrgulopsis ruinosa||One spring in Esmeralda County, Nevada||mollusc|
|1988||Maryland Darter||Etheostoma sellare||Streams near the head of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland||fish|
|1988||Bachman's Warbler||Vermivora bachmanii||Nested in Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana; wintered in Cuba and Isle of Pines||bird|
|1987||Dusky Seaside Sparrow||Ammodramus maritimus nigrescens||East coast of Florida||bird|
|1986||Banff Longnose Dace||Rhinichthys cataractae smithi||A marsh fed by hot springs near Banff, Alberta||fish|
|1985||Shortnose Cisco||Coregonus reighardi||Lakes Huron, Michigan and Ontario||fish|
|1984||Green Blossom||Epioblasma torulosa gubernaculum||Tennessee and Virginia||mollusc|
|1983||San Marcos Gambusia||Gambusia georgei||San Marcos River, Texas||fish|
|1978||Kingman's Prickly-pear||Opuntia superbospina||Mojave Desert, Arizona||plant|
|late 1970s||Amistad Gambusia||Gambusia amistadensis||Goodenough Spring, Texas||fish|
|1975||Phantom Shiner||Notropis orca||Rio Grande River in New Mexico and Texas||fish|
|mid 1970s||Lewis's Woodpecker, Georgia Depression Population||Melanerpes lewis pop. 1||Southwestern British Columbia and western Washington state||bird|
|1974||Tacoma Pocket Gopher||Thomomys mazama tacomensis||Pierce County, Washington state||mammal|
|1973||Carinate Duckwater Pyrg||Pyrgulopsis carinata||Spring in Duckwater Valley, Nye County, Nevada||mollusc|
|1971||Santa Cruz Pupfish||Cyprinodon arcuatus||Monkey Spring in Arizona||fish|
|1971||Zion Jimmyweed||Isocoma humilis||Washington County, Utah||plant|
|1971||Blue Walleye||Sander vitreus glaucus||Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, lower Niagara River and Lake Huron||fish|
|1970s||Acornshell||Epioblasma haysiana||Cumberland and Tennessee River systems in Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky||mollusc|
|1970||Clear Lake Splittail||Pogonichthys ciscoides||Clear Lake, California||fish|
|1969||Blackfin Cisco||Coregonus nigripinnis||Lake Huron and Lake Michigan||fish|
|1969||Tubercled Blossom||Epioblasma torulosa torulosa||Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia||mollusc|
|1968||Striped Bass, St. Lawrence Estuary population||Morone saxatilis sp. 3||Quebec||fish|
|1967||Angled Riffleshell||Epioblasma biemarginata||Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee||mollusc|
|1967||Narrow Catspaw||Epioblasma lenior||Tennessee River system in Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama||mollusc|
|1967||Lined Pocketbook||Lampsilis binominata||Upper Chattahoochee and Flint River systems in Alabama and Georgia||mollusc|
|mid 1960s||Turgid Blossom||Epioblasma turgidula||Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee||mollusc|
|1964||Bluntnose Shiner||Notropis simus simus||Rio Grande River in New Mexico and Texas||fish|
|1964||Lake Ontario Kiyi||Coregonus kiyi orientalis||Ontario||fish|
|1964||Bay Springs Salamander||Plethodon ainsworthi||Jasper County, Mississippi||amphibian|
|1963||Eskimo Curlew||Numenius borealis||Nested in Northwest Territories, wintered in Argentina||bird|
I guess it really saddens me that most people don't really care. And yes … I know that extinction is the natural way. But how long until we are on the same list as the Black Rhino.