Are You Tired of the Donkey and the Elephant?

Carolyn’s Online Magazine (#COMe)





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Follow photo challenge to match photos with words—one word a day, done weekly 7 per week—Word List from Rethink Church.

Rethink Church Lenten Photos 2016: Week 3



An elephant love story ended happily for two pachyderms when an elephant named Kallie was moved from her residence at the  International Conservation Center in Somerset County to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. There the 29-year-old female was reunited with Willy, a male who was her companion for 15 years. (November 2011)

Elephants are exceptionally large and long-lived and they have remarkable memories. They accumulate and retain social and ecological knowledge, and they remember the scents and voices of other individuals migratory routes, special places and learned skills for decades.


Retired Marine Colonel John Folsom of Omaha belonged to a Marine unit that rescued a malnourished Iraqi donkey at Camp Taqaddum in 2008. Marines nursed the donkey back to health and built a corral and stable. Soon Smoke was the unit’s mascot.

Regulations prohibited keeping the donkey but Folsom found a Navy psychologist to designate it a therapy animal because it reduced stress among the Marines. Deployed dads sent their children pictures and stories of Smoke.

Smoke began a new life in Nebraska as a rehabilitation therapy animal for military personnel and their families. His arrival in Omaha ended an 18-month international effort to rescue the former Marine mascot from war-torn Iraq.

“Smoke is a civilian now,” Folsom said. “His work with the Marines is over. Now he begins his work with children.”


from the beginning of His public ministry, Jesus was identified as the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29, 36). He is called “Christ, our Passover lamb [who] has been sacrificed” (1 Cor. 5:7).

We live in this world, but it is all about the Lamb.

However, we must nurture the lamb, the message in the following story:

ISTANBUL: Hundreds of sheep followed their leader off a cliff in eastern Turkey, plunging to their deaths this week while shepherds looked on in dismay. Four hundred sheep fell 15 metres to their deaths in a ravine in Van province near Iran but broke the fall of another 1,100 animals who survived, newspaper reports said yesterday. Shepherds from Ikizler village neglected the flock while eating breakfast, leaving the sheep to roam free, the Radikal daily said. The loss to local farmers was estimated at $74,000.


About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at My novel site is
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3 Responses to Are You Tired of the Donkey and the Elephant?

  1. heghef says:

    Thank you, Carolyn! I enjoyed this very much!


  2. merry101 says:

    Carolyn…good evening. Thanks for sharing elephant, donkey and lamb’s stories.
    I do like the Church’s sign. lol


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