Jambu Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus jambu)

…a strikingly marked species of fruit dove (Ptilinopus spp.) which is a resident breeder in southern Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei and the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan, Sumatra, and Java. Jambu fruit doves typically inhabit mangrove swamps and lowland rainforests up to 1,500 m. They are also known to inhabit second growth woodland as well. Adult jambu fruit doves are sexually dimorphic, with males sporting a crimson colored face, females differ by having a dull purple face with a dark chin. Like many fruit doves, jambu fruit doves are shy and inconspicuous birds, foraging for fruit in the forest canopy. 


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Image: Greg Hume


1. A section of “barber’s row” - Enterprising refugees among the hundreds of thousands of Greeks and Armenians who fled from Asia Minor to Greece have set up stools, boxes, chairs and everything that can be sat on in a long row on the quay in Piraeus, the seaport of Athens, and shave and cut the hair of customers (1922)

2. Armenian refugees from Istanbul, assisted by Near East Relief, farming in field, Rodosto, Thrace (1915-1923)

3. Refugees waiting for work at Marsavan (1915-1923)

4. Armenian refugees on Black Sea beach, gathered around seated person, Novorossiĭsk, Russia (1920)

5. Widows and children (1915-1920)

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I wanted to break into my hiatus for a brief moment to offer my deepest and sincerest condolences to all those touched by the tragedy in Nepal. For years, researchers have been predicting a large earthquake in this region, but nothing prepares us for seeing it actually happen. As of now, 1,394 people are confirmed dead after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck 16 hours ago near Kathmandu, Nepal. Cities are in ruins, landmarks are rubble, an unknown number of people are missing, and the entire region needs our support as people begin the unimaginable task of cleaning up what was once their home. I know money is tight, but please consider making a donation to Save the Children or the British Red Cross, both have launched efforts to respond to this disaster and need contributions to fund humanitarian aid. If you can’t donate, please make a mention of Nepal and the efforts to raise money so everyone is aware of what is happening. To those in Nepal, I know this probably isn’t the correct usage of this phrase, but… चाँडै निको हुनुहोस्

From Syria to Palestine, Vanuatu to Nepal, St. Louis to Baltimore, lot of people are struggling through tragedies and trials most of us can only imagine, so let us all take a moment to think of them, and to reflect on our own lives, and how fortunate we are.

I also wanted to make a special mention of Bruce Jenner, although I have not yet watched the full interview, I cannot express how courageous and brave it was to utter those words; “I am a woman.” This is the beginning of a new life for Bruce, one of freedom and inspiration for which so many will owe gratitude. My hopes are that this opens a new dialogue which has been swept under the rug for far too long. The LGBT community cannot forget what that last letter in our acronym stands for and that we are not separate, we are united. It is time for us all to feel safe in our homes, our schools, our places of work, and our cities.

Lastly, I just want to say thank you to all of you who have reached out to me over the last few weeks as I take a break from public life. There has been a lot of reflection and remembrance as the anniversary of Ryan’s death approaches, and while it has been difficult, I am doing okay. It is hard to believe Wednesday has been 4 years without him. I have no doubt that if he were alive today, he would be off fighting for those dreams he was so passionate about. As Edward Kennedy once said; “For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.” He and his dream live on with me. Thank you again for your patience and support.


Así se hacen piernas en el gimnasio al que tú no vas

Son saltamontes sanos