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Quick jaunt to San Francisco means a stop at City Lights, one of the all time greats. Treated myself to the new Murakami, plus this fascinating non-fiction by a Czech writer (check out the gorgeous book jacket). Oh yeah, and books, not bombs. 📚 @citylightsbooks #citylightsbookstore #bookshop #independentbookstore #books #bookstore #sanfrancisco #read #readafuckingbook #readinglife #newbooks #travel #booksnotbombs
Mood. #catsofinstagram #kittensofinstagram #kitten #cat #thejadekitten #morningmood
Some of you know that I’m a librarian. I’ve been thinking a lot, since moving back to the US, about what skills I can bring to bear on making my community and country better places to live. Since I’m trained in curating, analyzing and sharing information, I decided that what I could do is help people learn better skills and dispositions for dealing with fake/false news and media manipulation. I’m partnering with @humanitiesmontana for their Informed Citizens series and my first gig is at my own @missoulapubliclibrary talking about how fake news spreads. I’m super honored and more than a little freaked out because, 1) it’s my library and I want to do a good job for them, and 2) it’s a complicated topic with exactly zero easy answers. Anyway, it’s my way of giving back (and fighting back) using the tools and education I have. If you’re interested in me using this space over 2020 to share tips and tricks with you let me know. I’m sure I can fit those in between photos of cats and cars! 😉#fakenews #fightfakenews #librarian #librarianlife #humanitiesmontana #informedcitizens #democracy #criticalthinking #mediamanipulation #missoula #missoulapubliclibrary #think #library #loveyourlibrary
Man. I did not think @ourblackcoffee @blackcoffee.mt could make me any happier, but these gift boxes are the. best. Needed some Missoula gifts for friends out of state and this is perfect. #blackcoffeeroastingco #coffee #madeinmissoula #buylocal #missoula #theperfectgift #missoulamade #locallyowned #ilovecoffee

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Cape Buffalo are one of Africa’s Big Five. They are massive, ox-like mammals with large horns that in males can spread up to a meter between tips. They live in savannas and can occur at high elevations but they are never far from water. 

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They live in huge herds and are sociable, often lying together close enough to touch. They will protect herd members, especially calves, by charging predators en masse, which would be terrifying and, as Steve says “effective”. I would not want one coming at me. 

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We saw them in Chobe National Park in the north of Botswana – hundreds and hundreds of them. I admit that, while thrilled, I was a bit underwhelmed by them. I mean, they’re awesome, but not super interesting. It’s a bit surreal in a landscape of giraffes and elephants and hippos to see a massive. . .cow. 

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Still, we waited a long time to see them, and they are certainly an iconic Beast of Botswana.

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