Who am I:
My name is ej and I'm a girl. I say that because with the shaved head and the short initials, folks aren't always sure.
I was born in Kenya in the 70's, grew up in California in the 80's, lived in NYC and Chicago in the '90's, back to California again and now, years later, I live in Nashville, TN. Along with me on this roller coaster called life is Husband and Tigger the Dog, Pepper the Wannabe Cat and Joseph/Joe Boxer.
I began creating copper trees after Husband rewired the house and left me with a plethora of material. I find it satisfying to manipulate the wire into something I find beautiful. The bases are chunks of wood I find on our property or out and about Nashville. I celebrate each imperfection in both the wire and the wood as they morph into something I find aesthetically pleasing.
What does the site name iamwhaleshark mean?
When I was going through a very rough time in my life, I decided to get a ‘breathe’ tattoo on my wrist so that I would see it and remember to breathe. Logical, I thought.
But then, two child stars with ‘breathe’ tattooed on their bodies began to implode - so I went with ‘inhalexhale’ instead. Again, logical, I thought.
Proudly - and somewhat defiantly - I showed it to Mom, who promptly asked me, “Why did you get Whale Shark tattooed on your wrist?"
Somewhat shrilly, I responded, “Why in the hell would I get WHALE SHARK tattooed on my wrist???”
“Well, it would be rather silly.” she calmly replied, and went about her day.
That, dear folks, is my mother. And that the reason that this site is called iamwhaleshark.
Random and probably not totally accurate Whale Shark facts:
Whale Sharks do exist. They are actually a fish - the largest fish in the ocean - but not a whale. Though they sure look like one, the Whale Shark is actually a shark. They are harmless to humans and has this really cool abstract pattern on it's skin that acts like camouflage from above.
Favorite Whale Shark fact: they are not sexually mature until 25 year old! How fantastic would that be for the human race? AND, while pregnancies are few and far between, when they are pregnant, the Whale Shark pups develop completely INSIDE the mother – up to 300 of them at a time! Um, OUCH right?
Sadly, because they are a delicacy in some cultures - one Whale Shark fin is worth up to $10,000 - they are hunted and slowly disappearing. Which sucks!
International Whale Shark Day is August 30th. Celebrate!
People that make me happy or think or both:
Like Mother Teresa, Only Better
The Blog of Lincee Ray
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I'm Always Home. I'm uncool.
Holly Golightly Traveling
Nicole living, laughing, loving, traveling and documenting it all
Sole' Glass Studio
"Stained glass transforms natural light into moving, dancing, ever-changing art."
The Super Diva
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This David says what we all wish we could say.
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