In Praise of Wolves

Anyone who has had a close relationship with wolves can never forget them. In some unexplainable way, these animals are able to give to their human friends an awareness and an understanding of life that was missing before the relationship. Perhaps this is because wolves are so extraordinarily perceptive and so joyfully eager to appraise and understand all the influences that surround them at all times. No odor, no sound, o sight ever gets by them without being investigated, either from afar and with caution, if the animals feel threatened, or from very nearby if they are relaxed and comfortable in their surroundings. Day by day, wolves teach their human friends by their own examples; or perhaps I should say that they try to teach us, for the truth is that we make very bad pupils because our own senses have been dulled by centuries of neglect, while our cortex has become preoccupied with logic at the expense of intuition, the inherent gift of the wild that served early humans so well and that, if given a chance to do so, can yet allow us to attain understanding without becoming lost in a maze of “facts.” Nevertheless, because they are such good communicators, wolves do manage to impart some of this near-mystical awareness to their human friends. As a result, we emerge the better from our contact with them. And the more we think about them afterward, when we recall quiet times of communion that united us with the primordial wild, the more vividly we remember them.

“In Praise of Wolves” (c) 1986 by RD Lawrence, ISBN 0-00-637703-3

Published by Katherine Jurgens

Katherine M. Jurgens Kjurgens01@gmail.com _______________________________________________________________________ MULTIMEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS 2013-2015: Achieved a Masters of Science Degree in Journalism at Quinnipiac University’s School of Communications – an institution ranked 7th among LinkedIn’s 2014 “Top 10 Best Schools for Media Professionals.” * Earned an annual academic scholarship from Quinnipiac: Final GPA: 3.97 Awarded a “Faculty Award for Academic Excellence” upon graduation: May 2015. Communication’s School responsibilities included production and participation in a weekly live QNN News Broadcast, the creation of a twice-weekly blog and a multi-media capstone project that explored a blind naturalist’s efforts to embolden blind and visually impaired people to embark on wilderness adventures: kjurgens01.wordpress.com PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT 1996/2002 News Reporter, The Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, NY • Covered news, features and local politics for this daily Rochester area newspaper. • Contributed front and local front page photographs • Responsible for organizing, compiling and writing content for the annual Athena Awards – Women of Excellence advertising feature magazine. • Responsible for editing press-releases, writing content and organizing The Daily Messenger’s annual 200 page Finger Lakes Vacation Guide 1999/2001 Freelance Screenwriter, La Barge Media, Rochester, NY Commissioned to write content for business-to-business, educational and tourism marketing videos for this start-up video company. 8/86-6/88 News Reporter, Bucks Free Press, High Wycombe, England Covered news, features and The Oxford Regional Health Authority for this twice weekly paper outside of London. 6/84-6/85 News Reporter, The Suburban Trends, Butler, NJ Covered politics, general news and features as reporter/photographer for this twice-weekly paper in one of New York’s affluent suburbs. EDUCATION MS JOURNALISM, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY, CT BA ENGLISH, WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY, NJ Hiatus Activities 2012-Present: Researching and writing health, conservation and human interest articles for local newspapers and local and national magazines. 2003-2011: Busy parent of two active high school musicians, supervised annual summer activities for niece in Ontario, Canada, contributed news-letter articles and participated in fundraising activities for Tioga Terrace Civic Association, worked at Pier One Imports: achieved Associate of the Quarter. Relocated from New York to Connecticut for employment, new opportunities and higher education. * See more at: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/qu-ranked-among-top-10-schools-for-media-professionals/#sthash.rx4DubKC.dpuf .

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