Rare Newts

So, I was going to start out my first Mind Mandarin post explaining the quirky name. Explaining how mandarins are fun, sweet and tangy, very organic, not always perfect but always nourishing, a little exotic, and quick to eat and digest – like what I want these posts to be. They’re also orange.

But I’m not going to do that. Because my brothers and sister found a Newt. They were just walking around and happened to notice a fiery, other-worldly looking lizard in our mountainous yard. He looks something like this:

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I love it – it’s exotically beautiful. It’s the kind of thing you see in movies with special effects or dream about in strange novels. It moves like a dinosaur, it swims. It’s rare and getting rarer. The magical looking thing actually needs to be protected.

It’s been really thought provoking. I wonder: If I had been the one walking around instead of my siblings – would I have seen it? More still, am I the kind of person who roams around looking for adventure? I want to be both – I want to be the kind of person who looks for adventure and who has her eyes open to the beauty, the exotic, the marvelous in this world.

Maybe that’s part of what I’m doing here – writing MInd Mandarins. I am – strangely enough – looking for rare newts.

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