i chose the user name "rys" after reading diane ackerman's excellent book, The Zookeeper's Wife. jan and antonina zabinski managed the warsaw zoo, before and during WWII. they were horrified by nazi racism, and took action, transforming their facility into both a safehouse and underground railroad station for (ultimately) hundreds of jews, gypsies, and others who were hunted and persecuted by the nazis. jan was also a high-ranking member of the polish resistance. their son's name was ryszard, nicknamed rys, which happens to be the polish word for "lynx", one of my totem animals.
so now you know. thought for today: "You are what you have to defend." a bit ambiguous, intentionally. what does it mean to you?