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Mammals that exhibit non-heterosexual behaviour:

And that’s just the mammals. There’s even more birds than there are mammals, and many others, too.

But please, do go on about how it is ‘unnatural.’

Winners of the 2017 Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest have been decided!

 Over the next three weeks, we’ll be sharing the winners from each of our contest categories – Sanctuary Portraits, Sanctuary Views, and Sanctuary Life – on social media. This week we’re proud to feature the winners of the Sanctuary Portraits category! 

Dan Mitchell takes third place with his photo of people venturing out onto Black Rock in Maui, in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Congratulations to Dan! Check back in tomorrow to see who took second place. 

(Photo: Dan Mitchell)

In the backseat of my heart
My love tells me I’m a mess
I couldn’t get the car to start
I left my keys somewhere in the mess

It comes and goes in plateaus
One month later I’m a fucking pro
My parents would be proud
Or fall asleep on the floor
Forget what happened in the morning
There are notes in your handwriting
But you can’t make it out

We are not a proud race
It’s not a race at all
We’re just trying
I’m only trying to get home
Drunk drivers, drunk drivers

This is not a good thing
I don’t mean to rationalize
Or try and explain it away
It’s not ok
Drunk drivers, drunk drivers

It’s too late to articulate it
That empty feeling
You share the same fate as the people you hate
You build yourself up against others feelings
And it left you feeling empty as a car coasting downhill
I have become such a negative person
It was all just an act
It was all so easily stripped away

But if we learn how to live like this
Maybe we can learn how to start again
Like a child who’s never done wrong
You haven’t taken that first step

We are not a proud race
It’s not a race at all
We’re just trying
I’m only trying to get home
Drunk drivers, drunk drivers
Put it out of your mind
And perish the thought
There’s no comfort in responsibility
Drunk drivers, drunk drivers

It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
Killer whales, killer whales
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this

Here’s that voice in your head
Giving you shit again
But you know he loves you
And he doesn’t mean to cause you pain

Please listen to him
It’s not too late
Turn off the engine
Get out of the car
And start to walk

Drunk drivers
Drunk drivers
Drunk drivers
Drunk drivers

It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
Killer whales, killer whales
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this

Vancouver folk rockers Said The Whale invite us to “Step Into The Darkness” with their beautiful new single, the first from their upcoming full length As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide, out March 31st on Hidden Pony Records. Except, instead of stepping into the dark, I find myself bathed in a warm, comforting glow. The trio serenades us by melding synth hued luster with rustic charm, lifting our spirits and reassuring us in the sublime process. 

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- Sometimes I have wondered whether life wouldn’t be much more amusing if we were all devils, no nonsense about angels and being good.

“The Earthkeepers teach that all of creation–the earth, humans, whales, rocks, and even the stars—is made of vibration and light. Nothing we perceive as material and real exists, other than as a dream that we’re projecting onto the world. This dream is a story, and we believe it to be real even though it isn’t. Earthkeeper wisdom and practices teach us how to rewrite our stories about our lives, to do what the shamans call dreaming the world into being.”
-The Four Insights by Alberto Villoldo