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Published on February 11, 2013, by in Links I Love.

Oh no!  I’m already falling a bit behind on my post schedule.  I meant to write an update about our trip to the land of Disney, but I did a lot of lazing around this weekend instead.  I’m trying to hoard my lazy time before our move happens, I guess.  I will get to it later this week!  In the meantime, I want to share these links before they get stale.  Here’s the stuff I really enjoyed reading last week:

– This post about the emotional impact of fostering an elephant made me misty-eyed, and then it gave me a great idea.  You see, I was supposed to participate in a big group gift exchange but I had no idea what to get the guy I’d been assigned, so I left it til the last minute.  One of the few things I knew about him was that he liked elephants…  I think you see where this is going.  Yep, I fostered an elephant through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, mentioned in the article.  The author’s experience and by the fact that foster parents are allowed to spend time with their ‘babies’ if they visit the sanctuary won me over.  I bet my giftee had no idea he was about to become a Dad via gift exchange!

Check the article out, read more about the perils that elephant’s face, and help if you can!

– A lot of posts were written about women traveling solo last week, sparked by the death of Sarai Sierra, a woman going it alone in Turkey.  Of all the posts I read, Christine’s from Almost Fearless was my favorite.  She acknowledges that there are hazards but makes the excellent point that you’re in more risk if you stay home.  It also reiterates a fact that I think should be screamed from the rooftops: YOU ARE FAR MORE LIKELY TO BE RAPED BY SOMEONE YOU KNOW THAN A STRANGER!  It’s like our collective culture forgets this fact whenever the topic comes up, but there’s the awful truth of it.  Fear of rape and murder shouldn’t keep any lady from seeing the world (or anything else, for that matter).

– Since I’m already on my feminist soap box, I have to share this letter written by Sarah Grimke, an abolitionist and sufferagist, in the 1830’s.  It’s quite long, but worth the time – there are so many messages in it that are still true in America today.  For example: “Fashionable women regard themselves, and are regarded by men, as pretty toys or as mere instruments of pleasure; and the vacuity of mind, the heartlessness, the frivolity, which is the necessary result of this false and debasing estimate of women, can only be fully understood by those who have mingled in the folly and wickedness of fashionable life…”  Reality TV culture, anyone?  It’s interesting to see where our society still holds on to pre-1900’s attitudes about women and minorities.

– I love Maui!  I can’t say enough good things about that little island, and Spencer from the Traveling Philosopher does a nice job explaining why it can’t be over hyped.

This is why I’m terrified of crows.