“Trophy hunting is not about obtaining wild meat in a sustainable, environmentally sound way. It’s about killing large predators for the purpose of self-gratification and self-aggrandizement.” (The Vancouver Sun)
I don’t get it. Grizzly bears have a ‘special concern’ designation in Canada, they’re threatened in the US and yet trophy hunting is still legal here in BC. What’s with that? And what kind of ‘trophy’ is a grizzly bear head anyway?
It’s not the economic benefits… bear-viewing draws significantly more tourists to our province each year than bear-hunting. We recoil in horror when we hear of rhinos and elephants being slaughtered for their tusks, but do we boycott establishments that hang bear or moose heads on their walls?
Let’s show the world that we are a province that treasures our wildlife. Ban trophy hunting now, and promote bear-viewing. Shoot wildlife with cameras.
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
How I miss my weekly dose of Bill Watterson’s understated yet biting social commentary.
A few years ago a couple teacher librarians in Ontario told me that I ‘won the prize’ for being the author with the title most likely to be stolen from their school libraries. That book was Dancing Naked.
Today I was reminded by a school librarian in Nanaimo, BC, that Dancing Naked was the book most often stolen out of her library too.
I don’t condone stealing library books. Absolutely not.
That said, I’m embarrassed to admit how much this little honour pleases me.
“To become a successful writer you have to do two things. First, you have to toss your TV out the window. Second, you have to marry someone rich.”
These are the words of my first creative writing teacher.
It was good advice, especially the TV part, but I think he could have added one more item to the list. Avoid Crazymakers.
Julie Cameron, in her book, The Artist’s Way, describes Crazymakers as “those personalities that create storm centers. They are often charismatic, frequently charming, highly inventive, and powerfully persuasive. And,” she adds, “for the creative person in their vicinity, they are enormously destructive. You know the type: charismatic but out of control, long on problems and short on solutions.”
In short, they will sabotage your writing time. Continue reading