Let me start this blog post by wishing everyone in the US a very happy and festive Thanksgiving! I am very thankful for my readers, those across town and those across the seas. Hugs and splashes to all! Join me now as we peek inside today's News Shell.
Is That a Person?
A recent article by George Dvorsky asks an important question, "When does an animal count as a person?" It is not hard to think of merfolk as people. What about dolphins? They are quite intelligent, perhaps more than we give them credit for. What about chimpanzees and other primates?
As Mr. Dvorsky explains in his article, a number of scientists, legal experts, and others are supporting the idea that some non-human animals are persons and deserve human-like legal protection.
How do you define a person? Read the article at io9.com, and share your views in the comments section below. The comments found below the article are for the most part in disagreement with the animal as person concept.
Guardian of Atlantis
If you are a young adult (or a young adult at heart) and you love to read, then you should know about Bittersweet Enchantment, a blog by a nice lady known as Becky. Recently, Becky welcomed Annie Rachel Cole who talked about her fantasy novel, Guardian of Atlantis. The novel is centered around Greek Mythology, and specifically Medusa and Poseidon.
"Sixteen-year-old Raven Weir has a somewhat normal life until she receives a mysterious necklace... a necklace others are willing to kill her to get because it contains the key codes to Atlantis." Looks like someone's normal life is about to change. Read Ms. Cole's entire guest post for all the details, including her inspiration for the story.
The blog post also contains a link to Amazon, where you can purchase Guardian of Atlantis in paperback for $9.99.
The following was written in 1830 by Alfred Lord Tennyson:
WHO would be
A mermaid fair,
Combing her hair
Under the sea,
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?
The full 3-stanza poem can be found here.
Best wishes and starfishes,
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com