I was out taking a walk today, and saw what I think is a young rattler.
I’m walking along a dirt road, and see something in the middle of the road…
At first, I’m confused, because it looked like it might be roadkill.
…and then I see a snake’s head.
…and then I see the outline of either a squirrel or a baby groundhog.
…inside the snake’s skin.
Yep. Apparently, I got there just after the snake had ingested it. Could have done without that visual. Blech.
I know, I know, it has to eat, too. And it keeps down the rodent population.
But, yeah, not a pleasant sight.
Here’s to the balance of nature. *clink*
**edited to add: when researching what snake it could have been, I was surprised to learn that the rattlers had begun to have curved, or limp, rattles. They have learned that the rattling will get them killed via gun or shovel, so they are now silent and go about their business. The rattler has been so portrayed as aggressive in movies…but from what I have read, snakes generally do not act aggressively, but are more afraid of you and will move away rather than attack.
I’ve been following the death investigation of Dr. Bradstreet that I posted here.
The family has finally made a statement in a video here:
This is so little, but at least they have some evidence that it was murder…which we all pretty much knew. Please say a prayer for them and the investigators that the truth will come to light and those responsible for taking someone’s life for profit will be held accountable. That would be refreshing, wouldn’t it?? 🙂
(I tried to reblog this, but the button is not cooperating)
Bravo for the post — Wounded Knee is the elephant in the room. If they just ignore it, they hope it will go away. They murdered over 400 unarmed people who were practicing their religion.
As I posted about Lost Bird — it just rippled out with victims who even might have survived, but died a thousand deaths in a tragic life as a result of her people being massacred at Wounded Knee.
Lost Bird post: https://sunlightonthewater.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/lost-bird-of-wounded-knee/
It was with sadness that I learned of Muhammad Ali’s passing…yet another icon of the 70s, the Vietnam War, and people actually standing up for their beliefs, no matter how much they are punished.
Ali stood up to the war profiteers and bullies with dignity and morals and ethics. Rare to see that nowadays.
Here’s a video clip of how eloquent Ali was:
“No Vietcong ever called me “nigger”‘ was a classic line. So was his stance that these were poor people and he wasn’t going to fight the poor.
When I was growing up, I used to think boxing was okay and admired Ali for his skill. But as I grew more aware of how awful boxing was — people beating the sh*t out of one another until one was senseless…and betting on the outcome — was morally wrong. And being entertained by it is equally morally wrong.
Rest in Peace, Muhammad.