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REMEMBER

A Day At Lincoln Park Zoo

by Alison O’Connor

When I was a very little kid, my mom, dad and I would drive up from Andersonville to the Lincoln Park Zoo, walking through the parking lot and iron gates, me walking in between the two of them, swinging on each of their arms as I skipped. Most of the time my visits to the zoo at this time were on very sunny days. Sometimes the sky would be gray, which I actually preferred, but the sunlight made the zoo feel much warmer, all the more glistening and attractive. The sounds of other cars either parking in the lot or leaving the zoo could be heard all around, the cries and delighted shrieks of other small children could be heard throughout as well. The occasional snort and roar of an animal, or animals, inside as well, could be detected through the warm air. The air, as I always remember it on those visits, was warm, very hot or humid at times, but mainly warm.  

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IMAGINE

A Few Meditations from Celeste The Harbor Seal

by Alison O’Connor

Guys, I’m sick and tired of all the stress I face on this job! I sometimes feel like I can’t continue work under these conditions! I know, I know, you’re all probably thinking that Celeste has no right to complain because everyone loves her so much, she gets her own swimming pool, the crowds all gather about her, shower her with such praise and adulation, etc. But you know what? It’s hard trying to please everyone, and sometimes it gets real tough trying to live up to all the hype these crowds have come to see about you. And since some of you, heck, all of you, really don’t know how hard the life of a Harbor seal can be, I’ll clue you in.  

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