This is the amazing landscape that inspired my new YA horse book, THE GLORY. To research it, I drove 1,800 miles across the American West, from Denver, Colorado to Hood River, Oregon via the Yellowstone National Park and Idaho. The best part of the journey was spending four days at the Hideout Ranch in Shell, Wyoming, 650,000 acres of stunning mountain scenery. Kicker, the formerly wild palomino mustang I rode, was the inspiration for Scout in THE GLORY.
THE GLORY has been optioned to be a major motion picture by Simon Brooks’ Canyon Creek films. Joan Singleton will co-produce. Watch this space for news of auditions, locations and casting.
While in Nairobi, Kenya for a school visit, I went to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant orphanage. It’s run by Daphne Sheldrick, who has done more than almost anyone on earth to save elephants and return them to the wild. She works tirelessly to bring awareness about their immense intelligence and grace, as well as their plight. Every 15 minutes an elephant is killed by poachers. Visiting is both heartbreaking and heartening. At the orphanage, there are 35 babies. They’re all divine but it was the baby giraffe, barely bigger than a foal, that stole my heart.
To sponsor an orphaned elephant or read more about the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, go to: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org
The final thrilling African adventure in Lauren St John’s bestselling WHITE GIRAFFE series.
When the rhinos at Sawubona Game Reserve are attacked, the poachers leave behind an orphaned calf. Devastated but determined to help, Martine and Ben agree to take the rhino baby to a sanctuary near the mysterious Golden Gate Highlands National Park, a place where dinosaurs once walked.
But the sanctuary is hiding a precious secret – one that must be guarded from the poachers at all costs. Martine and Ben find themselves in the fight of their lives to save one of the rarest animals on earth. But who do they trust?
Every wonder if it makes much difference whether or not you’re a vegan or vegetarian? I mean, you’re only one person, right? Now there’s an easy way to work it out. According to this vegetarian calculator website, in the two decades I’ve been vegetarian I’ve saved over 5,000 animals from being slaughtered and prevented over 40,000 lbs of C02 from being released into the atmosphere. Those statistics are impressive but when you add in the fact that those 5,000 animals have also not had to suffer the fear and trauma of the slaughterhouse, it gives a lot of pause for thought. Personally, I don’t like eating my friends.
‘I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.’
Researchers at the Institute of HeartMath have found a clue to explain the bidirectional “healing” that occurs when we’re around horses. In humans, the heart has a larger electromagnetic field and higher level of intelligence than the brain. Scientists used a magnetometer to show that the heart’s energy field radiates as much as ten foot around the human body. That’s impressive, but not as amazing as the electromagnetic field projected by the horse’s heart, which is five times larger and significantly stronger than the human one.
Put simply, being near horses directly influences the rhythm of your own heart.