Ivory: What Price Beauty?

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When we lived in Hawaii, ivory jewelry, along with pearls and coral, were quite fashionable to wear in the 50s. For special occasions, my father would buy my mother, sister, and me jewelry and as young girls, we thought we were just “hot stuff” having been given such grown-up gifts.

A gift.

A gift.

Through the years, my jewelry box began to overflow with ivory as my mother handed down some pieces to my sister and me. I have since given some away or lost some.

Hawaiian Pikake flower necklace.

I also had a supervisor, Ruthie,  whose sister lived in Hawaii and sent her ivory not knowing that she didn’t care for it, so she passed it on to me.

Birthday gift.

Birthday gift.

At the time, I used to think to myself, “Lucky, lucky me!”

From Ruthie.

From Ruthie.

So here’s my dilemma: I am well aware of the elephant‘s plight. Their suffering, their slaughter, their endangered status.  According to Robert Hormats, a senior State Department official for the New York Times, “China is the epicenter of [ivory] demand” (Gettelman, NYT, September 2012). it seems that China’s increasing wealth incites their lust for luxury items.

I know there are many organizations taking up the cause, for the gentle giants cannot speak for themselves. Even Hillary Clinton has agreed to take up the cause to help combat elephant poaching (J. Eilperin, Post Politics, 2/16/13). But what can I/we do?

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I admit that I am a little anxious about owning ivory— I want to sell my ivory and donate the money to an elephant conservation group like WWF. But is it right to sell the ivory to those who covet the jewelry? How do buyers know that this is ivory purchased before the ban? How do buyers know that any ivory sold on the market was purchased before the ban? I somehow feel that the selling of ivory, even mine, is ethically wrong. 

So what do I do with it all?

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Daily Gratitude: entering year two of retirement; standing under our crape myrtle enveloped its perfume; fresh crab cakes with crabs harvested by Dapper G

Quote of the Day for YOU: I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me. ~ Mark Twain, Letters From the Earth

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Just Another Beach Day

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Biesanz Beach, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

Daily Gratitude: return safely from visit to Fallingwater, seeing Dapper G, missing my morning run (haha)

© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2013.

It’s Lobstah, Not Lobster!

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Boy, have I been a truant blogger this past month. Truth is not because of the holiday frivolities like over-eating (not me!) but my little trusty notebook died. So, I was trying to answer emails, put in my time on FB, and play the maximum games of Words With Friends on my iPhone! And not one minute of it was fun—trying to read emails with my iPhone shoved into my face was tedious, taxing to say the least.

So I busied myself with other activities like painting, thus the lobster above. I know, it is an odd subject to paint, but living here “at the shore” anything beachy or nautical is highly desirable. Now if I can only sell it . . .

Well, I’m trying to learn all of the new “hand gestures” (as Apple calls them) of my new MacBook Air and realize after having multiple pages of the same things open, that I need to take a class. I mean, I know plenty of hand gestures, something I’ve learned from growing up with a bunch of Italian friends, but Apple has all my paisons beat hands down (this movement will allow you to View Mission Control on the Mac). Let’s see if this post ever makes it to the airwaves.

While I was away I’ve had some nice comments on past blogs and won a blogging award from Cayman Thorn at Drinks Well With Others—the Oscar Wilde of Lancaster, a clever genius with words (If you haven’t read him, you are deprived)! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

So, I’m back and if the sun ever decides to make an appearance, I shall be posting new photos!

Daily Gratitude: spring-like temperatures; a walk on the boardwalk; Dusty Miller, my gentle kitty

© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2013.

Quote of the Day for YOU: Be yourself, everybody else is already taken. ~Oscar Wilde

2012 in Review–Thank You!

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Highlights of the Holidays

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  • Seeing the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular for the first time
  • Christmas- lights and decorations in NYC
  • Surprise birthday party por moi
  • Drag-racing on Atlantic Ave 12:30 at night–the BMW won
  • Hearing Dapper G’s 94-year old dad tell us that he’d look like an old man if he wore the suspenders we gave him
  • Seeing my former students before Christmas and getting a group hug
  • The family Christmas party
  • Meeting a friend for lunch whom I haven’t seen in 33 years
  • Dinner party with fellow wood-carving students (my latest endeavor)
  • Reading The Hobbit again after 40-some odd years
  • Impending show at the Walnut Theatre: Jekyll and Hyde
  • Attending a New Year’s Eve wedding in Atlantic City

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2012.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

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In March the silhouette of this giant tree will change: tiny leaf buds will line her branches. By the end of June, picnickers will enjoy listening to the light breeze flowing through her velvety leaves, but  in September they’ll be seeking the solace of shade under her outstretched arms. The cold of December will leave her steadfast but pondering as to whether she’ll last another season.

Daily Gratitude: spending the afternoon reading The Hobbit; a great workout; losing 1 1/2 pounds this week

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2012

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

Typical street flooding in Ocean City

Typical street flooding in Ocean City

This photo is a reflection on what it’s like for some Ocean City residents after Hurricane Sandy–topsy turvy!

Daily Gratitude: thankful for kind and giving people; finishing The Language of Flowers; cocktails with friends

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2012

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