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Orlando On Parade

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

We begin this week in June in the aftermath of tragedy. Which, thankfully, has motivated a backlash of kindness. Let’s reflect for the moment. It is clear to us that an oily darkness is dimming our pockets of light. Attacking spaces where all kinds of people like to congregate for the sole purpose of feeling happy. Nothing wrong with that. I mean wanting to be happy. Now at the epicenter for family fun…the other OC(There are nine Orange counties in the US.)lies Orlando and it is loaded with more than a dozen theme parks, most notably Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. It is also the town where 49 people died in the deadliest mass murder in US history. And set off a tidal wave of bad luck. Read the rest of this entry »

While the Elephant Gently Weeps

by Robyn Wyman-Dill

February’s over.  In tinseltown, the red carpets are neatly stacked for another season as business gets back to business and Oscars settle into their new homes.  February – a month when lovers court love on Valentine’s Day – is also a time when Cupid prompts romance and the eating of chocolate.  A lot of eating of chocolate, inspiring a call to action in March.  We ask you to join us while you are working off these sweet indulgences in an urgent effort to stop the sale of illegal ivory tusks.

The massacre of elephants around the world is escalating.  At the rate it is going, elephants will become extinct in the wild in less than five years. Read the rest of this entry »

Zoo Kingdoms

   by Robyn Wyman-dill

It’s December.  A busy month with the shortest daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere.  Whose flowers  – the holly and crimson red poinsettia – now deck the halls with holiday cheer. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, after all.

In celebration, we decide to travel south, passing through the charming seaside town of Encinitas, California.(In 1923, the Ecke family moved their poinsettia cultivation business here, establishing a virtual monopoly in this speciality throughout the United States until the 1990s). Our destination today is the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Read the rest of this entry »