Posts from the ‘Plinky Prompts’ Category

Life's Little Awkward Moments: Breaking the Silence

River otter

You're on a first date. Awkward pause ensues. How do you break the silence?

One of my favorite break the silence, get folks talking questions is: "What animal would you come back as in your next life? Why?" Animals, totems, wildlife, openness to alternative spiritual ideas … are all very important parts of my life, so if that didn't work to end an awkward pause, or if it made it worse, it would probably be the last date anyway.

One of the best answers I ever got came from a friend, not a date. She would come back as a parrot. She'd live in the Amazon just outside of a resort so that people could feed her all day and she could bite their fingers off and fly away if they got obnoxious .

I would come back as an otter, a river otter most likely. Otters are smart, active, playful, top of the food chain, and they get to play in the water all day.

One of my favorite quotes:

Tor editor Teresa Nielsen Hayden had a wonderful rant some years back. She had been talking to an animal trainer, who explained to her why otters were untrainable. Other animals, it seemed, when given their food reward or whatever by their human handler, would seem to think, Great, he liked it! Ill do that again! Otters, by contrast, would seem to think, Great, he liked it! Now Ill do something else thats even cooler! Writers, Teresa concluded in a moment of Zen enlightenment, were otters. At least from an editors point of view.

~ Lois McMaster Bujold

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A Children's Book Every Child Should Read

The true story of a penguin family at Central Park Zoo
It takes two to make a Tango.

This is a heart warming true story of a penguin family at Central Park Zoo. Two male penguins are indistinguishable from the other penguin couples, except that they have no egg of their own. Their keeper slips an abandoned egg into their nest. The dedicated parents soon hatch an adorably fuzzy chick, Tango. They raise their daughter and teach her everything she needs to know to be a penguin.

"Families of all kinds go to visit the animals" at the zoo. The story shows how family is defined by love and caring. This is an excellent book for dealing either with adoption or explaining how someone can have two daddies. The watercolor illustrations are precious, and I ended up buying my own plush baby penguin on my next visit to the zoo.

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What I Lost and Want Back


Flights of fancy
Before we knew better
When we still had awe and wonder
Imagining the possibilities
Discovering the miracles
And finding the magic
That still hides in