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The Howler Monkey photo from Christian Artuso

The Howler Monkey
The Howler Monkey is among the largest of the New World monkeys. They range in size from 56 to 92 cm, and like many New World monkeys, they have prehensile tails. They have a short snout, and wide-set, round nostrils. Howlers eat mainly top canopy leaves, together with fruit, buds, flowers, and nuts and have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years. They move quadrapedally and do not brachiate, usually holding on to a branch with at least two hands or one hand and the tail at all times. They very seldom leave the trees, rest about 80 percent of the time and are considered the least active of all monkeys.



War Stories - Daniel W. Davis We live in a world surrounded by soldiers and war stories, but Davis cautions us: the story we want often defines the story we get.

We Were Warmed - J. David Bell What could a children's book from 1974 possibly have to tell us about the current state of the planet? Everything, Bell claims.

Tank Tales - John Grey The cycles of neglect suffered by the animals in our midst can be offset by our own suffering, or can they?

Rose Thorn Walls - Kaye Branch Trying to uncover a trauma from the past is hard enough if you are one of the actors, but searching after a family member abandoned to death is much more difficult if no one felt the event was important.

Revenge of the Killer Cows - J. David Bell If cows are to blame for global warming, and we are thus absolved, then it's time to take out some cows.

Word - Gale Acuff If you ever wondered about the purpose of existence, and you weren't convinced by the silliness of your Sunday school teacher, then visit with Acuff's dog.

Manitoba’s Silent Spring: our Disappearing Birds - Christiano Artuso Like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1962), Artuso notes that we need to hear the story again. There are markers which indicate destruction, and we ignore them at our peril.

Make Love Not War - John Rachel While a young couple go to a theme motel and abandon themselves to lovemaking, the war in Iraq rages on, the bombs fall, and the human race seems incapable of making good choices.

Downsizing - Ben Macnair Downsizing has its own inexorable logic. And when the procedure begins, anyone may be trapped in its net.

An Odd Act Of Grace - Frank Miller The rigidity of the health care system has been oft discussed, but Miller gives his reader a sympathetic and unflinching look from the inside, where positive values can have a devastating impact on real people.

What's Wrong With this Picture? - Cynthia Bissell If a museum about human history places dinosaurs alongside cave people, is all hope for a rational humanity lost?

Winter Kills - Kyle Hemmings As we learn from Hemming's story, more than winter can kill a person, although we may be redeemed by caring for another.

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