LIONS, SAFARIS AND LIFE CYCLES
If you want to understand the human life cycles, I suggest going on safari in Africa. It’s all there: baby animals following their parents; teenage males trying to be scary; adult male lions in the prime of life (and don’t they know it!); bachelor groups of old lions who are literally “out to pasture.”
Last month I went on a safari in East Africa, including the Serengeti. In the Maasai language, Serenget means “endless plains,” an accurate description of an area encompassing 12,000 square miles of Tanzania and part of Kenya. Here are some photos of animals at different stages of their lives in the wild
GIRAFFE MAKING A FOOL OF HERSELF
Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.