On our Toes!

Today We note the 1880 birthday of M. Michel Fokine. He was the first dance director of the Russian Ballet Russe, working under Serge Diaghilev with composers like Igor Stravinsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Much landmark collaborative artistic output from one and all.

He created the piece PETRUSHKA, 1911, about a clown puppet who suffers for love. As with much “high art”, the story ends unhappily.

M. Fokine’s work made strides in adding natural physical expression to ballet’s more formal technical tradition. Rhinos call that Progress.


Tiger, Tiger, Burning bright…


Rhinos are entirely content in our Rhinotude, but from time to time, We like to think of what other critters must contemplate on a daily basis, how they expend their energies. It broadens our understanding.

The Tiger, for instance, does a lot of Lurking. Tigers hide and then jump out, taking advantage of their cunning ways. It is a system that serves their purposes.

Rhinos do not lurk, on principle. But then, our vegetation does not try to gallop away when it’s mealtime.


Rhinos are gifted at Impersonation; it’s a knack, and We have it! The picture provided today offers a fine example of our exotic abilities: this is a Rhino disguised as a Giraffe, not a giraffe in fact! Gotcha! (Do not be embarrassed, most everybody is fooled.)

But We Rhinos are not fooled. We may imitate some other critter, but We are Rhino down to the last fiber. A sniff alone would tell you.

Nature is not fooled either. Naturally.

Live Tableau

Here We see a Reenactment of Ponce de Leon’s discovery of the Fountain of Youth back in 1513. He was busy claiming Florida for the Spanish crown, who were happy to have it. As was often the case, the folk who already lived there knew nothing about these developments.

YIR enjoys bringing you Readers these historic moments. Often We get to don false beards, which is the zenith of humor, let’s face it. Hooray for imaginative dress-up.

We also wish Ponce de Leon ‘Happy Birthday’, which he celebrated in 1460. The first time.


Once and again, a Rhino will discover that their Brain has taken an unpredicted holiday. It happens. We do not panic. Rhinos wait for the Brain’s return, which is usually soonish. Or at least sooner or later.

What We recommend is that any Rhino in this iffy condition should keep their mouth shut, except to chew.




Any Rhino can select a healthy snack from Nature’s bounty. We appraise veggies first on availability, then on freshness, flavor profile, ripeness, and individual leanings. Then We get busy.

Less common is the Rhino with the ability to identify a plant’s history, its mood and intentions, its hopes and dreams. Every living thing has an imagined destiny, but only a select few Rhinos can tune in for the broadcast. Only a few are receptive where it counts, plantwise.

Yes, Rhinos do specialize.