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Get Killed Off by George RR Martin and Help Save the Wolves PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 06 June 2014 15:21

As you probably know, we're HUGE fans of the A Game of Thrones (both the books and the HBO series). What you may not know is that author George R.R. Martin (who we affectionately refer to as GRR) is a big fan of wolves. He is such a big fan of wolves (and direwolves) that he's using his popularity to save them.

In a crowd-funding effort to raise $200,000 for The Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in GRR's home of New Mexico, he's making an offer that few will be able to refuse. He is selecting two "martyrs" (male and female) the chance to meet a gruesome end in a future A Song of Ice and Fire novel (although we won't know which novel).

For $20,000, “You can choose your character’s station in the world (lordling, knight, peasant, whore, lady, maester, septon, anything) and you will certainly meet a grisly death!”


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A Guide To Raising Butterflies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 00:00

There is nothing that captures the imagination like butterflies. They are the original “shape-shifter” which makes them our hero bug. Chances are good that you don’t get to see a lot of them in your neighborhood, but we have a way that can change: Raise your own butterflies.

Raising butterflies can be a wonderful way to enjoy nature in your own backyard. But just as with all animals, butterflies (and caterpillars) are delicate creatures that require specific care.

Choosing A Species

There are thousands of butterfly species. To begin with, you never want to introduce a species that isn't native to your area. The best way to find a caterpillar (the earliest stage of a butterfly), is to first look in y our backyard. If you're not sure which types naturally live in your area, there are many guides (and even a few free apps) that you can use to identify different species. This is part of the fun! Enjoy the process as you learn the names of trees and bushes on your hunt for a caterpillar. (For a free guide to the most common ones in North America, click here for a download that shows you some of the most common types from Butterflies.org).


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Silly Superstitions of Scary Animals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 13 September 2013 00:00

Ancient lore is rife with examples of superstitions that are meaningless.Yet, being the superstitious species that we are, we cling to these myths. Here are some classic animal-related superstitions that you should ignore.

Bats

It's lucky if a bat falls on you, it's unlucky if a family brings a bat into the house. If a bat flies into a house, it's a sign that ghosts are about and it's a bad omen if bats appear during a wedding ceremony. These are all ridiculous superstitions that mean nothing. A bat is not going to change into a vampire, a bat flying around a house three times is not an omen of death, and it's not unlucky to see a bad during daytime. It may be true, however, that killing a bat will shorten  your life. Especially if you bring it in for show-and-tell like this little girl did - the entire class had to have a series of rabies shots.

Here's the real deal: Blood sucking vampire bats are real - but they mostly feed on chickens and cows and only live in Latin America. The rest are great mosquito eaters (among other bugs they favor) and are perfect to keep around your house. Using Echolocation to find their prey, they fly by sense rather than sight. Build a bat house in your home and watch the insects disappear! Learn how here... Don't pick up bats off the street even if they appear to be dead as they can still bite. If you are bitten by a bat, get to the emergency room immediately as some can carry rabies. And here are other popular myths and superstitions and legends about spiders, wolves, and more...


Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 03:07
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Wolf Superstitions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00

Wolves have been vilified since the beginning of time. Many superstitions about wolves are even today still upheld in certain cultures or communities...I can not vouch for many of these superstitions, but it should be seen in context of the time it originated and the impact such legends/beliefs still have today in vilifying the wolf as a fearsome, cruel and often supernatural creature with only ill intent towards humans...it is one of our biggest challenges to change the general perceptions about wolves and inform people of their true nature. For a great read filled with beautiful photos and amazing stories, please order The Hidden Life of Wolves from National Geographic. I think you'll fall in love with wolves all over again...

Viking Legends

  • The Vikings wore wolf skins and drank wolf blood to take on the wolf’s spirit in battle. (Referred to as Berserkers).
  • They also viewed real wolves as battle companions or hrægifr (corpse trolls)
  • Viking legends also spoke of Vargr, who were sometimes thought of as bloodthirsty outlaws, demonic wolves or shape-changing werewolves.
  • The term referred to the wolf Fenrir and his sons Sköll and Hati, who had been bound in chains at the dawn of time but were prophesied to escape to plague the world in time for Ragnarok. In their time the fearsome Vikings and their blood-soaked myths caused all of Christendom to tremble at their approach. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 17:10
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Workouts Gone Wild PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 18 February 2013 13:08

Mike Fitch’s Animal Flow approach will be taught as a group class and a personal training method at Equinox, starting in January.Anyone who knows me understands that I hate working out. I like activities with purpose, such as archery or martial arts. I hate walking into a gym and working out on a machine or running on a treadmill. For that reason, I’m always on the lookout for ways I can work out without feeling like its work. More like a fun-out.

And what’s more appealing than tapping your inner wild beast? That’s why the primal workout caught my attention. Panther. Gorilla. Flamingo.  Each of the movements is focused on duplicating the movement of a wild animal and it’s part of an overall return to basic health philosophy. Want the best body? Duplicate the movement of those with the best bodies – and as it turns out, wild animals are in the best shape of any of us.

Fitness expert Kira Stokes designed her Stoked Primal class around the concept of using your own body weight for strength building and utilizes movements based on the panther and other beasts. Fitness expert Mike Fitch, creator of Animal Flow, focuses his moves on flamingos and bullfrogs, as well as others.


Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 13:45
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