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Another Look at My Friend, The Turtle

Kenneth is a rural citizen of Hamilton, Ala., and has begun to observe life and certain things and people helping him to write about them.

The turtles mind their own business.

The turtles mind their own business.

I guess that I'm lazy. But I have a sound reason. It was too hot to write. I was drowsy. My coffee was cold. Okay. I was lazy. I know why I became drowsy. Mind you it wasn't due to me going hours without sleep. No. I had been studying too much about my pal, the humble American turtle. Try this sometime. You take an hour or so and just gaze at whatever you appreciate and soon, like me, you will begin to take on the characteristics of your loved topic.

But I urge you to not try gazing at a sleeping grizzly bear (like we see in the first few frames of the hit film, "Legends of The Fall," starring Brad Pitt.) Hadn't seen it? Take my word, you will not gaze a sleeping bear. Not to spoil the dramatic ending of this award-winning film, you will see that same bear "visit" with "Tristen" (Pitt) at the end of this movie. That is all you should know right now. I do not see any evidence in filming a "Legends of The Fall 2," at any time.

This piece is, thankfully, not about Brad Pitt or his movie-work, but my friend, the turtle. Which is in my view, the most-unsung, underrated species of life that roams the earth. I am so sad to talk to you about the turtle who is a born peacemaker in the wilds of our country. I say that because I have never known of any turtle to be arrested for causing trouble. Neither have they marched in a group to stand against whatever they do not like. I have a lot of respect for the turtle.

The turtle lives in such a beautiful place.

The turtle lives in such a beautiful place.

These guys are The Turtles, not the reptile, turtle. Know the difference.

These guys are The Turtles, not the reptile, turtle. Know the difference.

Now is a good time to share a remark about (the 60's band), The Turtles. The Turtles formed in Los Angeles, California in 1965. Ths band, best-known lineup included Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman, Al Nichol, Chuck Portz, Jim Tucker and Don Murray, who had several Top 40 hits beginning in 1965 with their cover version of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" and the massive popular tune, "Eleanor."

To date, none of the slow-moving reptiles, the turtle, has been arrested for smoking "grass" or even trying to score this addictive drug. I told you that they were good guys. In my honest viewpoint, I would put the turtle against Mahata Gandhi in the area of creating a non-violent world. I can go further. I challenge any of you to show me just how "cruel" that can be proven in the life of Gandhi.

I hate to keep harping on the positivity of the turtle, the reptile, but I dare say that any turtle has ever, or ever will, sell-out Jerry's World, home of NFL's Dallas Cowboys, and do a concert to to end all concerts, but that's just me.

This lovable reptile is a terrapin, not a turtle but still in the turtle family.,

This lovable reptile is a terrapin, not a turtle but still in the turtle family.,

Quite frankly, I love turtles. I even love the terrapin, the first-cousin of the turtles, the band, not the reptile with its own home traveling on its back. And what, you may ask, what is a terrapin? A terrapin is a small edible turtle having lozenge-shaped markings on its shell, found in coastal marshlands of the eastern US

Now for the heavy-hitters. You might be wondering just what a Galápagos tortoise or Galápagos giant tortoise is? This ideal creation is a species of very large tortoise in the genus Chelonioids. It comprises 15 subspecies. It is the largest living species of tortoise, with some modern Galápagos tortoises weighing up to 417 kg. With lifespans in the wild of over 100 years, it is one of the longest-lived vertebrates.

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Now I want to talk about the importance of our friend, the lowly, mostly-overlooked turtle. What a low-down life to live. I will be honest. I could not live as a turtle. No, sir. No, way. Not that I am a turtle bigot, it's because of the awesome burden turtles have and all without one complaint. Seriously. I've never watched a sophisticated turtle trained at Harvard, go on CNN and tell all about the daily plight of turtles, but oh how I think that a turtle who might be reading this hub, I am for you. I am behind you all the way.


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Of course there are plenty of poisonous reptiles, snakes, certain jellyfish, and spiders, but hardly, any poison turtles.

My hub must mean something if nothing but knowing that I am the biggest turtle fan in this entire cosmos. I make the same challenge to you. Step out if you are game. What have you got to lose besides your self-respect, but not all nay-sayer's will jump to talk nasty about you being on CNN to uphold the turtle, no, sir. You might learn that these folks with negative thinking, will be on your side--because your stance on the turtle means that you love the atmosphere, Ozone, and the Global Warning.

Plus, I am here to stand for you and so will my handful of people who are turtle fans. We might be slow, but our hero, the turtle, was fast enough to be the hare.

PS: I never said that I was above cheap one-liners.

I don't like spiders, man, just because they are sneaky - they just really scare me. They are hairy - ugh.

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