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Meet Tippi

February 22nd, 2013 2 Comments

As a child, how many of us dreamed of living with animals? Certainly, Mowgli and Tarzan have inspired the imagination of countless children.

Meet Tippi, who grew up in a world not entirely unlike that of Rudyard Kipling’s young hero. Born in Windhoek, Namibia in 1990, Tippi Degre lived with her French parents, wildlife photographers Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre. The three of them travelled extensively through the African bush from Tippi’s infancy until she was 10.

Sylvie, Tippi’s mother, explains: “She was in the mindset of these animals. She believed the animals were her size and her friends. She was using her imagination to live in these different conditions.”

Tippi had unusually strong bonds with many creatures, including a 28 year old African elephant, lion cubs, a leopard, an ostrich, mongroose, meerkats, a crocodile, a baby zebra, giraffes, a cheetah, and many more.

“I speak to them with my … Continue reading

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Bookworm Porn

January 12th, 2011 4 Comments

I was raised with a healthy respect and deep love of books. There is nothing in this world quite like the earthy smell of a book, the weighty physicality in your hands, or the soft whisk of a turning page. As a child, I devoured books the way kids today devour iTunes gift cards. Many of my most precious memories revolve around a good book and a bowl of popcorn, preferably enjoyed in my favorite haunt tucked up on a blanket between our raspberry rows (for impromptu foraging and all that).

In more recent memory, I have rarely been without a book somewhere at hand, perhaps tucked into my purse, on the coffee table, or even part of a teetering stack near the bed. It is the most simple and, in my humble opinion, healthiest modes of escape.

Naturally, bookshops and libraries of every breed are among my favorite locales … Continue reading