a traveler's musings.
There is the sun dissolving in the dark, and light as clear as music, filling the room where you sleep and the other rooms behind your eyes.
Jeanette Winterson    

May the path you choose glisten with adventure and hope.

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"A Chinese proverb says an invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, despite the time, the place, despite the circumstances. The thread can be tightened or tangled, but never be broken."
[photo from an unknown source].

"A Chinese proverb says an invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, despite the time, the place, despite the circumstances. The thread can be tightened or tangled, but never be broken."

[photo from an unknown source].

A certain darkness is needed to see the stars.
"Holding On/Off"
An expression for one of my state of minds.

"Holding On/Off"

An expression for one of my state of minds.


The Animal of the Month for the the month of April is the Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus)! Read below for GIVEAWAY details!

The Numbat is an endangered species of carnivorous marsupial that few know about outside of Australia. Therefore, it becomes that much more important to spread and share awareness. It’s numbers were reduced to just a few hundred in the 1980s, due to habitat clearing, change in fire regime laws, and reduction in population size from being preyed upon by the invasive red fox. It has recently begun a slight recovery, but with a population estimated below 1000 today, it still is in dire need of help.

There is a tremendous organization based in Australia that is working hard to conserve the numbat and its habitat. Their name is Project Numbat. Therefore, to aid them in their fight, giraffeinatree has chosen to sponsor them and their cause to fundraise for the organization. Learn more about the Numbat, Project Numbat, and the Animal of the Month project at


  • Share this post to spread the word of animal most have never even heard of. What a terrible thing for a species to go extinct without ever being recognized.
  • Donate via paypal however much you can. At the end of the day, consider what else you would do with the money you donate; buy a coffee or two? Purchase some music or a video game? Then ask yourself “Can I live without [insert item] in order to donate to a charitable cause?” If you find the answer to that question is yes, then please donate. It helps SO much and I do a little happy dance every time I get an e-mail notification saying someone did so.
  • Don’t do nothing. That’s all I ask.


For this month I’ve decided to do a little giveaway (nothing huge) to perhaps inspire people a tad more. First off, there’s a Numbat stuffed animal from Perth, Australia at stake here!


Additionally, I will be giving away the Narnia Two theme code.

Rules for entry:

  • Hate when people do this, but you must be following giraffeinatree. You can also like giraffeinatree on Facebook; it would be nice but not at all necessary.
  • Reblog this post.
  • ONE in every FIFTY people will win the Narnia Two theme code, so the more notes this has, the more people that will win.
  • ONE person out of all the reblogs will receive the grand prize, the silly-looking Numbat stuffed animal!

Should it be that you are not interested in the theme code or stuffed animal, and you still want to share and donate, feel free. You are not obligated to receive either!

If you don’t win, don’t worry because there will be more to come next month. Thank you all!

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People for the Ethical Treatment of EVERYTHING

Elephants are intelligent beings, able to keep sentiments and even remember their loved-ones. They are playful, compassionate, and gentle unless provoked (which is true for all species). 

Unfortunately elephants, like many other animals, are being maltreated by us- a species that’s supposed to know better.

I guess in our case, knowing better doesn’t mean doing better. Animal cruelty, as well as abuse carried out against ourselves, runs as rampant as diseases. We use and abuse as long as our own needs are met, and this stand-point stems from a very skewed perspective.

The perspective goes like this. A cow is regarded as the product it is able to produce- leather, meat, milk- rather than for the living thing that it is. Therefor, its comfort in its living space may not be a top priority as long as it is able to survive long enough to provide said products. Elephants, lions, monkeys, and other circus animals are seen as toys that a trainer can “wind up” into doing whatever it wants, even if it meant causing a lot of pain and suffering for the animal. The same perspective can be carried out to many others- whales and seals who are forced to perform in zoos, rabbits raised for their fur, other creatures hunted for sport. 

It’s all the same, coming from a central problem. We see them as things, not creatures, but just things that we use. It’s a dangerous way to think because we then act callously. We forget that these “things” feel pain and they suffer as much as we do. 

What’s more important is the fact that we survive off of them. They’re our food and nutrition, the warmth in our feet and backs during cold seasons, the happiness we get from seeing them in nature. We gain so much from the things around us, so why do we treat them so horribly?

If we are a species that has the ability to choose our actions, why do we consistently and intentionally act out in cruelty? 

The good news is, if you care, there’s a lot of things you can do.

1. Research- if you want to keep on wearing leather or eating meat, find out how those materials/products are being obtained.

2. Support- after some research, you’ll find manufacturers and factories that treat their livestock ethically. Buy from them over everyone else. Donating your time, or your money if you’d like, is another way to support. Here’s a good site to visit-

3. Rally/Petition- speak up! Sign petitions against animal cruelty. Rally to close down that unsanitary puppy mill! Help shut down businesses that choose to violate the rights of animals. Whatever it is, try and make your voice heard. This site does a lot of that-

4. Don’t give them your money- The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circuses still lets its trainers use bullhooks on their elephants, as well as other atrocious abuse to their animals. So if you go see them, I hope it’s to protest against them, spit in their face, and steal their torture devices along with an elephant or two ^___^ Well, fine, at least go to protest. 

     If you like seeing animals up close, visit a sanctuary instead. These places are dedicated for animals that are not able to survive in their natural habitat. Almost any place that uses animals for entertainment is not good because these creatures are not made to follow our orders and their natural instincts don’t include jumping into fiery rings and balancing on balls. If you reeallly want to see a show, make sure the animals are trained ethically and are receiving a lot of care and love, not abuse. LCA gives a list of known circuses that don’t involve animal cruelty.

And lastly…

5. Spread kindness- this is the only sure way we can lessen the amount of violence and abuse we do to each other and our surroundings. It will be a slow process, many of us are too used to reacting violently, and old habits are hard to get rid of. But be patient. One day, we’ll all see that the best way to live is living in a world filled with love.

Photo source unknown.

Photo source unknown.

It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so deeply.