Almost a total disaster

A small town zoo and rescue needs help, and there are some great ways to do it.

The following is copied from a site called Aywas, however I thought my readers might like knowing about this, too.

“This place is called The Little Ponderosa Zoo, and it is located in Clinton, Tennessee. They started out as a zoo, but quickly after opening their doors they were flooded by requests from people asking to drop off their exotic pets. So they soon became a zoo and rescue. They are located in my very small town, but the impact they have is country-wide. They have taken in animals from all over the states, from monkeys to foxes to camels to kangaroos. They even have a couple tigers they took in from an animal sanctuary that couldn’t keep them permanently. The Little Ponderosa Zoo has been a household name in our little town for years.

On December 4th, an electrical fire burned down the main barn on the property. Employees and fire fighters suffered from burns trying to save as many animals as they could. But unfortunately, they still lost almost 50 animals, including several primates, small cats, foxes, birds, reptiles, and more. But in addition to the loss of life, the barn also held all of their feed and feeding containers. They are desperately reaching out to the community for donations, both monetary and items.

I have been completely heartbroken over this, along with everyone in my community. And I know that this is the sort of thing that Aywas users would want to know about, and would want to help out with. I would love to see my amazing virtual community reach out to this very deserving staple of my offline community. Aywas users have done so much good, and I know they can do that again.

No matter what you can give, be it money, items, thoughts, prayers, or spreading awareness, everything is appreciated!”

If you would like to donate Here is a link to their Website

I have also compiled a list of other relevant links:
More Ways to Help
More Information
List of Animals Lost in the Fire

 

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Ghoulish Painting

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Okay, here’s my idea of a ghoul – done in MyPaint.  He looks like he’s about to go after a grave or two.  Just a simple sketch but sometimes simple is best.  To any readers, have a happy Halloween!

As usual, here is a roundup of everything I drew for InkTober.  This year I didn’t get nearly as much done as last year, but then again last year I wasn’t being trained as a claims analyst!  That takes quite a bit of skull sweat.

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Enlightened Art

I was given a children’s book to read, called “Monument” by Gary Paulsen.  The person who gave it to me said the book reminded them of me – it’s about an adopted girl who meets an artist in a small rural Kansas town.  One of the things the artist focuses on is the light.  And he’s right – if you capture the light and shadow right, everything else follows.  Now, I’m no impressionist, so I’m going to also focus somewhat on detail and make sure all my proportions are correct.  Below, I have my finished elephant.  I promised to show the completed drawing in this post, so here it is.  One of the things I focused on here was light and shadow.  I started by roughing out the proportions, as you can see in the sketch, but also did quite a bit with showing all the wrinkles and where the sunlight is falling.

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(Guitar update: I have two sore fingers.  I can make a couple chords.  I am having so much fun I can’t see straight.  It’s a very good thing for me to have something that doesn’t sound right unless I’m relaxed.)

 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/enlighten/

Inktober Day 4 – new banner!

The banner needed updating, so I did that today, as well as creating a color version.

Here’s the black and white version, in the original ink:

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And here’s the color version!

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(Need art supplies like I do?  Dick Blick.com has some amazing sales and fantastic products for anyone who is interested.  A small portion of the proceeds from any purchase you make by using this link will go to support Mindflight.  I buy from Blick, and I’ve never found a better art store!)

Life can be too finite – Suicide Prevention Month

This topic touches me greatly.  I know what it’s like to feel like there’s no hope, like I’m just a burden that the world is better off without.   I don’t feel like that right now but I know it will come up again.  The important thing to remember is that the desire to end one’s life can happen at our lowest low points, even if we still have high points and take joy in life at other times.  Just because you see someone looking cheerful and friendly, doesn’t mean that they may have moments where they’re a hairsbreadth away from ending it all.  So be a good friend.  Be kind to others.  Your smile at the grocery store might be the one thing that gets a suicidally depressed person over their own personal crevasse and onward to a long healthy life, instead of falling down in it.

Talk about it.  Be understanding.  Know where your resources are in case you need them.  This isn’t a secret to be kept in the dark – suicide happens and it affects everyone around.  When I light that candle, in part I’ll be lighting it to show myself the way the next time I walk in darkness.

 

Original post follows.

Originally posted on My Loud Bipolar Whispers: I am posting this today to give you extra time, so you can prepare and get your candles ready, tell others about it and participate in this important world-wide event of remembrance and great love and respect and honor for the many beautiful lives lost by mental illness and… […]

via Re-blog – Suicide Prevention Month — Mah Butt Itches

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