The Importance of Leaving the Past Behind

The Importance of Leaving the Past Behind

© 2019 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved

At whatever stage you are in life, it is crucial to leave the past behind. Some people worship the past and get locked in. Some, at midlife, are still repetitively celebrating a major sports victory they had … in high school. Some people effectively worship the past by continuing to recite the wrongs done to them. Some spend a major part of their time and energy attending support groups, reading books on their issues, journaling, discussing their trauma with friends, and going back to support groups. Some relive their mistakes and their guilt, daily reviewing mental videos of roles they believe they mis-played in a previous relationship or workplace.

There is nothing wrong with processing trauma, bad experiences, or mistakes. In fact, there is everything right with clearing the unpleasantness of the past. But the point of processing these dynamics is to become free of them. Further, when we vividly remember an unpleasant time, our body produces afresh the chemical compounds that naturally accompany the emotions we are reliving. So we get to be stressed, sad, and tired all over again, physically as well as mentally. We can find ourselves in ongoing exhaustion and distraction from the daily habit of thinking of what a victim we are or what a screwup we were.

The point of “working your stuff,” through counseling, support groups, journals, and deep conversation, is not to develop an ongoing dialogue about what a victim you were or are. The point is not to develop a permanent identity as a victim, or even as a person who screwed up. Rather, the goal should be to develop an energizing and ultimately joy-filled life, with fresh, healthy, and nourishing activities and relationships. If your life becomes centered on your recovery from past damage, trauma, sadness, grief, addiction, or guilt, all those support activities can become a garden of comforting sympathy, rather than a wonderland of forward movement in growth and love. There should come a time when a person comes to the zero point, no longer digging through the bad old experiences.

From that new base, a person can look around the Universe of Existence and begin crafting a new life, based on goals, passions, friendships, satisfaction, and positive growth. So how do you really want to live your life? What do you want your conversations to be like? Do you want your conversations to be based on the good and the enjoyment you are working in the world, or do you want to be forever marveling at your past wounds? Sometimes friendships based on woundedness will seem worn out. They, too, may need to be left in the past.

In your week, how much energy do you spend reviewing the past? What might that energy be better spent doing? Is color, music, movement, or fresh writing calling to you? Is redecorating, gardening, or yoga calling? Consider drawing a line in your journal today, or beginning a new one, about the new life you are building, without continuing to notate the burdens and fatigue of past pain and recriminations. Try this affirmation to support yourself in breaking through into positive living: “I bless and release all past failure, fear, and alienation. I give thanks for my dream job, health, and life.”

Now celebrate yourself and your ever-evolving fresh life. And remember to enjoy!

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Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert with a natural healing practice. She also is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their
Peace Within. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, available on Amazon, plus Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and InspireIPW is available on Amazon in full-color glossy format. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, also on Amazon in full-color. For full-color PDF versions, contact her office. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com.

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Octopus: Chameleon of the Sea?

Octopus: Chameleon of the Sea?

by Rita Goldner

Today’s Amazing Animals Blog feature is the incredible octopus. I say incredible, literally, because most people find this wonderful creature’s weird appearance and behavior hard to believe. We’re all acquainted with the short version of an octopus description: rounded bodies, bulging eyes, and eight long arms. I prefer to gravitate toward the lesser-known fun facts about these “monsters of the deep.”

To begin with, scientists consider octopuses the most intelligent of all invertebrates. They are especially clever at escaping and disguising themselves, and can even use tools to achieve this agenda. The behavior of using tools is usually seen in more highly evolved animals like mammals, but a veined octopus (sometimes called a coconut octopus) can find and drag around an empty half of a clamshell until they find a matching one, flip it over on top, and hide between the two halves like a clam. If they can’t find clamshells, they use empty coconut shells cut in half and discarded by humans on the ocean floor of shallow bays. Besides being brilliant at hiding, they’re also great escape artists. Their bodies are so squishy that they can squeeze through a tiny crack, as long as it’s big enough to accommodate their beak, the only hard part on their bodies.

In April 2016, the world cheered for Inky, an intrepid octopus at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.  One night his tank lid was accidently left slightly open. Inky made the international news with his daring dive for freedom. He slithered out of his enclosure, dropped to the floor, and scooted across to a small drainpipe. He then wedged himself in and down 164 feet to the sea.

Another fun get-away method for the octopus is to expel water forcefully through a muscular tube called a syphon, which causes the animal to rocket off in the opposite direction while excreting a dark liquid to muddy the water so predators can’t see it go. One of the scientists I researched for this post described this phenomenon as “farting ink.”

The camouflage strategy is ingenious. An octopus can change to gray, brown, pink, blue, or green to blend in with its surroundings, or change color and texture to mimic another animal. They use this trick when approached by a predator, even contorting their arms to form a particular shape. Researchers have documented an octopus threatened by a predatory damselfish transforming to mimic the damselfish’s enemy, the sea snake.

The disguise shenanigans get even wackier. Male octopuses have one arm called a hectocotylus that contains sperm packets and acts as a penis. When not being used for reproduction, it acts like a regular arm. Sometimes the disguise hilarity ensues when a male tucks his offending appendage up and out of sight so he looks like a female. He then sneaks into an underwater crevice or hideout occupied by a real female and a protecting rival male. The plan is to whip out the hectocotylus, impregnate the female, and beat a hasty retreat before anybody suspects anything. Predictably, this venture sometimes ends badly, but I still applaud the chutzpah.

Another weird and wonderful defense method is employed by “blanket octopuses,” named thusly because they have a web on each side, between their arms, that looks like a blanket. Blanket octopuses are immune to the sting of the Portuguese man-of-war, but when they encounter one, they yank off its tentacles and brandish them like light sabers to fight off other predators.

The situation gets really bizarre in the life of blanket octopuses when it comes to mating. Considered the quintessential odd couple of the undersea world, the males are the size of a walnut, about one inch long, while some of the females are a whopping six feet long and weigh up to 40,000 times the weight of the males. This is one of most extreme examples of dimorphism (differences between males and females) in the animal kingdom. For safe sex, this male prefers to mate from a distance. The tiny guy just detaches his hectocotylus and hands it over. The female tucks it into her mantle cavity for storage until she’s damn good and ready to have offspring. Then she retrieves it and spreads the sperm out over her bundle of up to 100,000 eggs.

I usually end my Amazing Animals Blog with some pearls of wisdom about how we can adapt and assimilate some part of the featured creature’s behavior into our own habits, to become more efficient or creative. I call it reverse anthropomorphism. However, the lifestyle of today’s subject defies suggestions on copying. Except maybe the part about slithering away down a drainpipe and escaping whatever in your life is constraining you, and thwarting your freedom and joy. Also, the part about safe sex.

Thanks,

 

 

 

Comments welcome!

Check out this astounding giant octopus at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
https://youtu.be/U5_i-M19BBE

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Rita Goldner
is the author and illustrator of the children’s picture book, 
Orangutan: A Rita Goldner2Day in the Rainforest Canopy. Rita has also written and illustrated two eBooks, Jackson’s History Adventure and Jackson’s Aviation Adventure, in the Jackson’s Adventure series.For orangutan facts and images and to purchase the book (also available as an ebook), visit OrangutanDay.com. Or by the Kindle version here. Rita’s newest book, Making Marks on the World: A Storybook for Left- and Right-Handed Coloring, is available for purchase here. Works in progress: H2O Rides the Water CycleThe Flying Artist, and Rose ColoredTo view additional illustrations and Rita’s books in progress, visit Rita’s website. Contact Rita here. Follow Rita on Facebook. Subscribe to Rita’s newsletter, Orangutans and More! and receive a free coloring page of today’s illustration.

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Memoir for the Infamous: In Six Words or More

Memoir for the Infamous: In Six Words or More

by Joyce Lefler

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Legend has it that Ernst Hemingway considered this six-word memoir to be his best work.

You don’t have to be famous to write a memoir. The Glass Castle and A Child Called It are better known than Jeannette Wells or Dave Pelzer, the people who lived and wrote them.

I was infamous for a short time. I was accused of murdering my disabled child, Adam, who was born with Cornelia de Lange syndrome. I was treated as guilty before the trial. Warped versions of my story blasted across the Southwestern states, and my face was plastered through the newspapers. Lovers of the macabre have an insatiable appetite. From a couple of states over, my brother called me to tell me, “You were the feature on the news tonight.” Oh, joy.

Time passed in increments of painful moments infused with grief, shame, and fear. When I was broken inside and needed to cry, I hid my panic and how much I wanted to die.

The murder of my beloved son, being charged with his murder, and having my 9-year-daughter taken away to live with her abusive father were life-threatening injuries to my heart, my psyche, and my body. I barely survived while I waited, and waited, and waited for the truth to be revealed. I waited for 18 years.

I revived when I began to write. I needed to know the why: Why was I accused? And I could not rescue my precious daughter until my name was cleared.

I remembered and had recorded everything as if my eyes had been a video camera. I journaled, collected court documents, sorted through them, organized them, and studied them.

Writing helped me identify those why’s, the themes in my life, and the roles people played in filing charges against me. Writing was a transformative journey through the inferno of lies and hell. When I finished From Miracle to Murder: Justice for Adam, it became my legacy of truth in printed word to my family, my friends and, I hope, the world. The book connects me with others who have experienced abuse and who have been falsely accused, what it means to begin anew, and how to rediscover joy.

Famous or infamous – or simply you – anyone can write a memoir. Like Hemingway, six words is all it takes. Scribbled on paper or typed into a computer, the people you love may be waiting for their heritage of truth that only you can record.

MY 6-WORD STORIES

I was innocent. I was accused.
I wouldn’t exchange lies for freedom.
Believe me or you can leave.
Love me or watch me go.
I used PTSD nightmares as fuel.
I found hope and something good.
You are a warrior of truth.
Begin. I will mentor your journey.

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It took
 Joyce Lefler 15 years to begin and finish From Miracle to Murder: Justice for Joyce LeflerAdam because her save-the-children nightmares only visit her when summer turns into fall. She used to shove these nightmares into hermetically sealed barbed wire boxes inside her mind. They terrified her. She thought they threatened her sanity. She understands them better now and welcomes them as old friends. They contain the memories that fuel the stories she writes in the true crime/memoir genre. Joyce is a retired registered nurse and bereavement counselor. She is an advocate against abuse, a spokesperson for Geri’s law, and a facilitator for Parents of Murdered Children.  Please connect with Joyce via http://bit.ly/MiracletoMurder (Amazon); http://bit.ly/AsLongAsIBreathe
(blog); http://bit.ly/fryedmarbles (website); and/or http://bit.ly/CastingPearl (advocacy project).

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What Cheer?

What Cheer?

by Patricia Grady Cox

This past spring I spent a couple of months in Rhode Island, where I’m from. I missed Arizona and took video of snow falling (often), not out of appreciation for its beauty but to show everyone back home how horrible it was in my home state. I was fortunate to return to Phoenix in time to enjoy one of the most beautiful spring seasons I can remember in my 29 years of residency here.

I didn’t completely abandon my writing/marketing while I was gone. I heard about an organization that supports writers and stopped in one afternoon at their downtown Providence location. I was curious about the club, how it started, and what it offered. What a pleasant surprise!

What Cheer Writers Club is a nonprofit 501c organization catering to content creators, whether that be writing, illustrating, or podcasts. It began because a group of people wanted to create a place where these artists could be welcomed, supported, and provided with a place to co-work, learn, and meet with others.

“What Cheer, Netop” is the greeting Roger Williams received from the Narragansett Indians when he canoed across the Seekonk River in 1636 and landed on the Rhode Island shores, escaping the religious persecution of Massachusetts. Generally believed to mean “Greetings, friend,” it’s a famous slogan within the state.

The club is in one of the old “skyscraper” buildings in downtown Providence. A private elevator to the second floor leads to an expansive layout of conference rooms, meeting areas, a room for making phone calls, a recording studio. Leaving the elevator, you walk past the “Hall of Fame,” which displays the members’ books. Inside the meeting area, a separate book shelf displays the books of any local author (not necessarily a member) – in my case, having lived in Rhode Island for 40 years qualified me. They purchased copies of Hellgate and Chasm Creek to put on the shelf!

Along one wall of the main area are partitioned work stations for those who desire more privacy. The communal work areas have laptop desks scattered about. Coffee and tea are available in the hallway. There is always a volunteer available to show people around, answer questions, and be generally helpful.

At just $10, monthly dues are minimal, as are membership requirements, and the benefits are great. Free classes and workshops, discounts at local businesses, open seven days a week, publicity, informal Meetups for mutual support. Co-working space, a podcasting studio, and meeting room rentals are available for small additional fees.

Phoenix is a much bigger city than Providence. We have a huge writing community. Where is our What Cheer Writers Club? Couldn’t all the various writers’ groups, critique groups, authors get together somehow and at least rent a meeting room that could be shared? A permanent, centrally located venue we could all call home?

Recently I saw a posting in a local writers group’s Facebook page asking if there was some central location to get information that would be useful to writers such as statewide events, conferences, workshops, author appearances, etc. Maybe we could start with that – a newsletter or Facebook page or ????

What are your ideas?

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Patricia Grady
Cox is a member of Western Writers of America and Women Writing Trish Coxthe West. Her nonfiction work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and ghost-written memoirs. Patricia has volunteered at the Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum where she experienced, first-hand, the realities of life in the 1800s. Her love of the Southwest – the landscape, the history, the culture – infuses her work with authenticity. Originally from Rhode Island, Patricia moved to Arizona 24 years ago and currently lives in Phoenix. Her novel, Chasm Creek, is available through her website and on Amazon. She blogs weekly at Patricia Grady Cox, Writer. Her second novel, HELLGATE, is now on sale.

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Writers Conferences for the Independently Published Author

Writers Conferences for the Independently Published Author

by Andrea Walker

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Writer’s conferences, depending on their content and professionalism, can be helpful to writers at any stage. Many conferences offer both writing courses as well as additional classes aimed at either the independent author or the author seeking to publish traditionally, and on the rare occasion, both. However, since each conference is run by a different group who may each have their own ideas as to what people want, they can be helpful or a waste of time to the independently published author.

The main things to look for when deciding to attend a conference are: the information offered, who will be teaching the classes and presenting the keynotes, reviews, price, and location. The order is important. For instance, if the conference is held in your area but is aimed primarily at those seeking traditional publishing, you will just waste your time and money. A conference farther away may be a better choice, but you will need to budget for rooms and travel as well as tuition.

You will want to research your conference choices carefully. Many conferences offer discount pricing if you register early. However, if the group does not upload or send a proposed schedule until the discount has expired, it can be hard to determine if the conference is right for you. Other types of research can be beneficial. Note that if a conference seems to highlight a list of agents available for free or paid sessions, it is likely aimed at those seeking traditional publishing. Other conferences have writing as their main focus, or may be specific to one particular type of writing, such as nonfiction. This is where conference reviews come in handy. Look for them; don’t limit yourself to the information presented on the conference’s website or advertising material.

I have attended two different conferences that were relatively close my home in the Phoenix area. Both had excellent information to offer, as well as their challenges. I would recommend either of these choices to authors looking to publish independently if it suits their goals.

ANWA

The first I attended was the American Night Writers Association (ANWA) Conference, which was held in Phoenix in September 2018. ANWA describes itself as “a unique professional organization for LDS writers.” The conference is open to the public; you do not have to be an LDS member to attend.

The best part of this conference was the wealth of classes and information for the independent author. I received more information during two days at this conference than I have at any other event, class, or gathering. There isn’t an independent publishing stone they didn’t overturn. There were classes comparing independent publishing venues such as Smashwords or Amazon, finding book cover artists, and intense sessions on marketing, just to name a few. I came out of that conference with enough information to feel confident about publishing my book. Furthermore, the information was accurate and up to date.

The main issue with this conference was its popularity. From past experience, this conference fills up quickly, and your best bet is to register far in advance. Registration for the 2018 event opened in May of the same year. I was lucky enough to reach the top of the waiting list and secure a spot just a couple of weeks before the conference. Do not be afraid to put your name on the waiting list, as it will give you a chance of attending. The current price of the 2019 conference is listed at $240, not including hotel room or food.

 

West Coast Writers Conferences Logo and Type

The second conference I attended was through the West Coast Writers Conference, held in Los Angeles. I have been to this conference twice, once in October 2018, and more recently in March 2019. The October conference had more to offer the independent author. More classes and consultations were directed at indie authors, compared to the March conference, because it was paired with a “digital author conference.” Unfortunately, the event listed for August 2019 does not seem to offer the digital conference pairing, and no conferences are listed for October 2019 at this time. Although March held fewer classes for independent publishers, the teachers were wonderful, quite helpful, with real-world advice to offer. Furthermore, this conference offers free consultations with editors and agents, most of whom also teach the offered classes. You do not have to be querying or seeking traditional publishing to schedule a consultation. The people who organize this conference are amazing and helpful as well.

The main drawback to the WCW conference was the sparse class offerings for independent authors at the second conference. You may wish to research this conference fully before deciding to attend, especially if the distance is a concern. The different conferences throughout the year have different focuses. Conference price can vary considerably, as steep discounts are offered for early bird registrations. Walk up registration is $449 for the August event, which does not include hotel, but does include a meal. However, this conference offers no-interest financing and has been known to offer free or reduced-price admission to authors who are down on their luck.

Depending on the conference, attending can be highly beneficial for the independently published author, or it can be a waste of your time and money. Your best bet is to research before registering, checking to see that the conference offerings are right for you. Check reviews, talk to people who have attended, and share your own views for others seeking similar conference info.

Walker

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The Effective Author: How to Exercise Without Exercising or Writing Less

The Effective Author: How to Exercise Without Exercising or Writing Less

© 2019 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.

Everyone has heard that exercise is “good for you.” It optimizes metabolism, staves off diabetes, makes your brain work better, keeps you slim, and balances your hormones. For menopausal and post-menopausal women, an hour of daily exercise helps them to feel their best, emotionally and physically. So what’s not to like about exercise? Why is everyone not exercising an hour a day?

For authors, the answer is simple: we prefer to be writing. We prefer to be sitting at our desk, communing with our computer, or curled up on the couch with our laptop on our lap. We do not wish to stir. We do not wish to stop and slog through an exercise DVD. We especially do not want to pack a bag and go to the gym where we might meet all kinds of characters who should not be seen outside of some upcoming novel. We would rather be in our workspace, writing. All else should rightfully wait. And preferably, not come bothering us, either.

But wait! What if authors could exercise without exercising? What if you could get exercise benefits right at your seat? What if you could work out without working out? Then try the following methods, for a minute each, on a break or while still writing, for many of the benefits of exercise. All these are free, and you don’t have to drive to them. And you can always get out that DVD or go to the gym…later.

  1. Tush-ups. Your tush gets stiff from sitting so long, right? So slowly squeeze and release your buttock muscles at least 10 times. Feel the warming. Notice more circulation in your feet: magic! Bonus: this will actually give you a fuller tush, if done frequently enough.
  2. Complete breaths. In whatever posture, exhale fully, imagining your breath descending, from the top of your head, down the front of your body, and out through your toes. Now inhale fully, from the bottoms of your toes, across the bottoms of your feet, and up the back of your body, to your scalp. Do 3 complete breaths like this, or more, if you like. If you get dizzy, don’t worry: that’s the oxygen your brain is not used to. But you will write more and write faster with oxygen than without it. You may be feeling vitality flowing up your legs and back now. You can also use this method for a relaxation technique, in a busy day, or before an interview event.
  3. Head-overs. When we are writing very seriously, our necks tend to stiffen. They may even start to hurt. So try this: relax your shoulder tops and gently allow your head to stretch down toward one shoulder. Very slowly bring the head back up to center. Now gently allow the head to stretch down toward the other shoulder. And gently bring it back up. Take a moment to notice how warm, young, and alive your neck feels. Now your brain is working better. Do this several times, slowly. It’s the going, not the getting there, that makes this work.
  4. Shoulder yoga. This works really well while you are sitting, or when you have just stood up. Notice where your head is, and try to position it directly over your shoulders, not bent forward. Now gently and slowly stretch your shoulders up, then down, then forward, then back. After each move, return to center and notice how relaxed you are becoming. Notice your frontal sinuses opening and your mind clearing.

If you have done all four of these methods just now, you will notice the front of your face warming. If you do this consistently, the increased circulation will make you look younger. Also notice how much more vital and at-ease you feel after trying any of these methods. Now you know how to exercise without exercising, you’ve saved a lot of time, and you can get back to your writing. All your planning and writing will go faster and more easily now. And now you are even more The Effective Authorsm. Enjoy!

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Kebba Buckley Button
is a stress management expert with a natural healing practice. She also is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, available on Amazon, plus Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and InspireIPW is available on Amazon in full-color glossy format. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, also on Amazon in full-color. For full-color PDF versions, contact her office. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com.

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Jaguar

Jaguar

by Rita Goldner

In keeping with my theme of blogs about interesting animals, this month I present the jaguar. I’ve chosen this magnificent big cat because a particular jaguar has been in the news lately here in Arizona. A jaguar at the World Wildlife Zoo bit a woman who climbed over a barrier to take a selfie with her. We found out later that the animal was pregnant at the time, and several weeks later gave birth to a healthy cub, an event applauded by zoo officials since captive births are rare.

The transgressor at the zoo later publicly apologized for her behavior and agreed the fault was all hers. Zoo officials stated that nothing would be done to the jaguar, since she had not escaped her confines; it was the zoo visitor who had intruded into the habitat. Of course the casual news reader can come up with plenty of blame to spread around: lack of education or supervision of zoo patrons, need for more fool-proof enclosures, whatever. Hopefully we can all agree that zero blame should land on the jaguar, who was just doing what comes naturally.

What springs to my mind, especially after a lot of recent research about jaguars (I DO love animal research!) is that the woman was lucky she wasn’t more seriously hurt. A jaguar’s bite is the most powerful of all the big cats, relative to its size. A jaguar can crush its prey’s skulls and turtle shells easily. Lions and tigers have bigger jaws, so their bite can be harder, but pound for pound the jaguar, the third largest cat, is pretty impressive.

The name jaguar came from the Tupian language in South America. Their word yaguara translates as “one which kills with a single leap.” Yikes!

The cat that looks most similar to the jaguar is the leopard, but there’s no chance of confusing the two cats in the wild, since leopards are found in Africa and Asia, and jaguars only in the Americas.

Jaguars may now survive only in Central and South America, not North America. One individual was spotted in southern Arizona a few years back, but scientists can’t find him anymore. They credit hunting and poaching for this loss.

At first I was sad when I read that our locally famous zoo jaguar had her baby taken from her at birth. The baby is being raised by humans and bottle fed with formula. After researching captive births, however, I see that sometimes the mother kills the newborn, so it seems the zoo officials didn’t want to take a chance, since leopards are nearing endangered status. About 15,000 are left in the wild.

I prefer visiting and sketching animals at the Phoenix Zoo in lieu of the World Wildlife Zoo. Phoenix has large and interesting natural-looking habitats, while World Wildlife uses some caged enclosures. During my frequent sketching treks, I’ve informally dubbed the jaguars as one of the most beautiful animals there. They have the largest eyes of all the cats, relative to their head size. The eyes are gold/yellow. The coat is tawny gold (except for the occasional black cat) with dark rosettes that appear as groups of spots arranged in a pattern. Like other cats, male jaguars weigh more than females. The weight of the male is usually around 126 to 250 lbs., while females weigh around 100 to 200 lbs. The average height of a jaguar is 25 to 30 inches.

I also have to respect their formidable hunting skills. They’re great at climbing, sneak-crawling, and fishing. They even use their tails like a fishing lure. A jaguar’s eyesight is six times better than that of humans. They are the apex predators in their ecosystem, meaning no other animal eats them, and they eat just about every animal in sight. One was observed dragging an 850-pound leatherback sea turtle to a hidden place to eat leisurely. They don’t chase their prey; rather, they wait and attack suddenly. This ambush strategy is unequaled in the animal kingdom.

Like most endangered species, jaguars are threatened in the wild by deforestation of the rainforest and encroaching civilization. They are considered by scientists and conservationists to be an “umbrella species,” which means that when they are helped by conservation efforts, other species are aided indirectly, so the whole ecosystem benefits.

Thanks for listening! Comments welcome.

 

 

Reference:  https://factslegend.org/jaguar-facts-40-facts-school-project/

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Rita Goldner
is the author and illustrator of the children’s picture book, Orangutan: A Rita Goldner2Day in the Rainforest Canopy. Rita has also written and illustrated two eBooks, Jackson’s History Adventure and Jackson’s Aviation Adventure, in the Jackson’s Adventure series.For orangutan facts and images and to purchase the book (also available as an ebook), visit OrangutanDay.com. Or by the Kindle version here. Rita’s newest book, Making Marks on the World: A Storybook for Left- and Right-Handed Coloring, is available for purchase here. Works in progress: H2O Rides the Water CycleThe Flying Artist, and Rose ColoredTo view additional illustrations and Rita’s books in progress, visit Rita’s website. Contact Rita here. Follow Rita on Facebook. Subscribe to Rita’s newsletter, Orangutans and More! and receive a free coloring page of today’s illustration.

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