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by Dawn Baumann Brunke

ISBN 978-1-879181-91-5

$16.00  (CAN $21.95) pb

288 pages  6×9

35 b&w photographs

Our earliest ancestors had an ongoing shamanic dialogue with the animal kingdom, but this ability has been lost to most of the modern world.  Brunke provides the techniques to reopen these connections.  The main contributors to this book are actual animals who reveal themselves to be sentient beings with their own thoughts, emotions, and spiritual reasons for being on the planet.

Inner Traditions Bear & Company


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      Allan Mardon’s New Book: THE NARRATIVE ART OF ALLAN MARDON 

      Over fifty of Allan’s greatest paintings in one of three beautiful editions, available now!  Allan’s paintings have hung in the State Department and some of the finest museums in North America.  Now is your chance to have a large format collection in your home too!  Each piece graces a full page, so you can enjoy the rich detail of Allan’s legends, stories and animals. 


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      Gayle Jandrey retired from Tucson Unified school District in 1998 where she helped disabled students at Tucson High Magnet School develop written fluency and find their own voice.  Now she stays busy as a writeer in her own right.  Her poetry and prose for adults has been published in numerous literary journals, including the BERKELEY REVIEW, PORTLAND REVIEW, CALYX, and the BILINGUAL REVIEW. 

      Her latest book, THE MILLIPEDE AND OTHER LESS EMBRACEABLE FRIENDS, is a gentle, often humor introduction to the Sonoran desert’s most daunting creatures, including the centipede, tarantula, rattlesnake and turkey vulture.  It’s a hybrid genre-combining poetry and prose.  Through this book Gayle shares her experiences and love for desert creatures and hopefull, generates respect and enthusiasm for all the things that crawl, fly or slither through the desert.  She writes, “I hope to open the door for you to a world of thrill and wonder.”  She wrote the book with upper elementary children in mind, but the poems are so catchy and the science so interesting, it could easily be used with younger children or older students. 

      THE MILLIPEDE AND OTHER LESS EMBRACCABLE FRIENDS is available at Antigone’s, Tucson Biotanical Gardens, Tucson Audubon Society, Tohono Chul Park, and The Arizona-Sonora desert Museum.  You can also find the book online through the Sonoran Arthropod Studies Insitute (http://www.SAOpm;ome.org)

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Randy Ford Author-on humanizing a wild animal

      We should’ve known better.   But our emotions were involved…no doubt because Peg loves animals: it took only a few minutes for us to make up our minds.   After all these years I can still see the frightened long armed creature in a small cage and why we would to buy her.   Then we knew nothing about gibbons, the wild pet trade, and more importantly how baby gibbons were captured.   It was a crime, even though it may not have been against the law.

      We never asked for any information about gibbons, which we had seen as pets before we bought one, and was of such a friendly disposition that we just had to have one.   I remember how this pet gibbon came up to me with its long arms extended high above its head.   Perhaps laws, if they existed, were not enforced because Thailand and Laos had different priorities then and because there was not as much of an awareness of animal conservation then as there is now.   No one obviously cared.   We had paperwork for her; and that was all that mattered.

       How the animal adapted I don’t know.   We treated her like a human; and she went everywhere with us.   Perhaps there were people who objected but never said anything.   What is true is that the little ape…that was taken care of in much the same way as a human baby was…would’ve had a better life in the jungle with her real mother or as an adult in the jungle swinging from tree to tree.   And the thought has come to me that she would have probably lived longer.   And her confinement led to a close call or two before she caught a human childhood disease from our son in the States and died.   Almost hanged herself on a clothesline, and then revived by a doctor with whom we were staying in Bangkok.

      The baby, black white-handed gibbon traveled and lived with us.   When we bought her…we can’t be sure about this…she was probably only about three months old and seemed to have just learned to eat by herself, ate fruit, mostly bananas, and drank milk; drank it very slowly, preferring to dip her long fingers in and licking them.   Instead of bending over to eat from the ground, she quickly learned to hold her fruit in her hand.   The gibbon, as an animal in the wild would never have had to bother with this, had to have miniature diapers in order to stay fairly clean.   So hotels throughout Asia never objected to our having her.   To this day I’m not sure why they didn’t object.

Randy Ford

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