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Paradise, Ensenada, and a Day at Sea

Two Flying, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

During the night as we steamed toward Mexico, I looked through our window and saw thousands of lights glittering in the distance, and presumed we were passing San Diego. When morning dawned, our view out the window gave to an enormous red, white and green flag–the flag of Mexico. We were in Ensenada.

I wanted to prowl about a bit on land, but Jerry didn’t particularly want to, and our friends weren’t too eager, so we stayed aboard ship for the day. What an elegant, relaxing, talking time we had. We watched birds swarming and swooping, and seals turning and languishing in the surf. We ate and slept and walked and gazed and lounged and blinked and nodded and ate and watched people and gazed and blinked and nodded. In the evening as the huge ship pulled away from land, we stood on deck and watched as the lights of Ensenada receded, until finally they were no more.

Our final day was one at sea. In the evening after a day of absolute relaxation, and more than abundant food, we four proceeded to the library where for awhile we played a game with dominoes. We partnered–men against the women. Ask me sometime who won. 🙂

Jerry In Paradise Library by you.
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…for birthday…for anniversary

Paradise Atrium, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

June 27th was the 53rd anniversary of our wedding anniversary; July 24th was my birthday. Several weeks ago our friends the Hogans wondered whether or not we might be up for a short cruise, and, yes we would, and we would say the occasion would be to celebrate those two events in our lives.

Just past noon last Monday in Long Beach we boarded the Carnival ship Paradise, found our way to the dining room for the first of many meals we would enjoy during the next few days. Around 5:30 the huge vessel pulled away from its dock and headed to sea; destination the town of Avalon on the island named Catalina.



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Amazingly, An Orangutan Fishes With A Spear

I never tire of looking at the creatures with which God has filled our earth. Such beauty, variety, instinct and raw intelligence are exhibited in the animal kingdom, and from earliest days have brought joy and intrigue to man. Sometimes I think of those creative days and of Adam who was given the job of naming all the critters of the earth, and wonder just how it all came to be.

God had placed Adam in the garden of Eden to care for it, and one day, God said something important to Adam. Might have gone like this.

“You know all those animals I made, Adam. Well, I haven’t decided what to call them, and as one of the first of your jobs here in this paradise, I’d like you to come up with a name for each of them.”

I don’t know…did Adam lounge about under a tree and chew on a blade of grass while he considered his assignment? Did he lean back, arms under his perfect head as he gazed at pristine clouds in a sapphire sky? Did the animals come by for a visit…nudging against him, parading their beauty and uniqueness…or did Adams meander around the garden, touching a lion or a gorilla or a horse, saying your name is…

However it happened, Adam named them, and, in the English language, one is called orangutan. They’re still around, still orangutans, and through the internet today, I met one who is a fisher. Take a look at this splendid fella. He’s a smart one–fishing with a spear. First time such a thing has been documented.

Ape fishing with spear
A male orangutan, clinging precariously to overhanging branches, flails the water with a pole, trying desperately to spear a passing fish.

It is the first time one has been seen using a tool to hunt.

The extraordinary image, a world exclusive from the book, Thinkers of the Jungle by Gerd Schuster, was taken in Borneo on the island of Kaja, where apes are rehabilitated into the wild after being rescued from zoos, private homes or even butchers’ shops.

Neat, huh?


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