|This is Chase Bird sitting on my lap while we watched the Virginia/Virginia Tech basketball game Sunday. At one point, it looked like Virginia might lose. Chase Bird couldn't bear to look at the TV screen.|
A journalism student at a local college recently contacted me about interviewing me for a class paper. Last year, she also talked with me for an assignment, and we ended up becoming Facebook friends.
In this latest batch of questions, she noted that she could tell from my Facebook page that I was passionate about animals.
That’s a fair assessment. A lot of my Facebook feed is made up of pictures of animals that need homes or stories and quotes that reflect my love of animals.
Which brings me to a project that I’ve taken on this year. When I was thinking about what writing goals I wanted to set for this year, I mulled over what I enjoy writing about. And one of favorite subjects to read about, learn about, and write about is animals.
I decided to deepen my knowledge about animal welfare and animal rights issues and also write about my changing relationship with animals.
I grew up on a beef farm. Pets were kept outside. My life is so different now. The way I view animals is so different. I’d like to explore those changes. And I’d like to do more for animals.
I know I haven’t given you many details in this post, but I remembered that I haven’t really talked about my writing goals lately.
I’m continuing my writing about mental health issues, of course. I have many interests. But 2015 will be a year when I focus more on animals than I have in the past. And I hope to share some of that with you.
I am still waiting to hear about the job. I hope to hear something by the end of this week. Fingers and toes crossed!
What is your favorite animal?