So you’re having a bad day at work.
People are constantly demanding your attention, adding to your behemoth of a to-do list that you can’t get to because of all the interruptions.
People are replying to your emails in such a way that you’re convinced they can’t possibly have read a single word of the original message.
You made a cup of tea and then remembered that you finished the milk yesterday, so you have to run over the road to the cafeteria, where you get stuck in a queue behind people trying to pay in pennies, and bring your milk back to your desk to find your tea has gone cold.
But then you open Google Reader (dramatic sigh optional), and notice a new post from one of your happy blogs. You know, the one that usually posts stories and photos that make you a little misty if you’re a sentimental sap like me, and (occasionally) something heartbreakingly sad that inspires you to open your wallet, pull out your credit card, and click on their link.
And your day gets a little brighter.
Bonobo Handshake is one of my happy blogs.
I started reading over a year ago, when the blog focused on the research being done at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary in Congo. The focus of the blog has shifted since then though, as the sanctuary staff prepare for the first ever release of these endangered apes into the wild. I’ve read about their efforts to secure a suitable site, and to engage the local community. I’ve read about their fears for their beloved bonobos, but their pragmatism that they have to start now and accept that some animals will die, rather than postpone the first attempt at release until the species is even more endangered than it is now.
And I’ve read with great joy that the first stages of the release have gone very well.
Go. Read. It might just brighten your day.
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