Food for Thought

Dogs possess "beauty without vanity, strength without insolence; courage without ferocity; and all the virtues of man without his vices." -Lord Byron (Epitaph to a Dog)Dogs possess “beauty without vanity, strength without insolence; courage without ferocity; and all the virtues of man without his vices.” -Lord Byron (Epitaph to a Dog)

 

 

Ed Boks and the Five Freedoms

Animal Shelter Care defined:
Freedom from hunger or thirst.
Freedom from discomfort.
Freedom from pain, injury, or disease.
Freedom to express (most) normal behavior.
Freedom from fear and distress

 

 

 

Ed Boks and Chicken

A holy man once gave two men a chicken and told them to go kill the chicken where no one could see. The first man took his chicken behind a fence and killed it. The second man walked about the village for two days and returned with the live chicken. When the holy man asked “what happened”the man said “wherever I go the chicken sees.” (A parable from Ram Dass)

Ed Boks against all odds

Against all odds: when the ‘need to stand strong’ out-weighs the ‘want to run’ – faith becomes the only answer…

 

 

Ed Boks and Elephants

“I came in from the wilderness a creature void of form
“Come in,” she said,
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.
“Try imagining a place where it’s always safe and warm
‘Come in’ she said
‘I’ll give you shelter from the storm'”. -Bob Dylan

 

 

Ed Boks and CompassionA human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

Ed Boks and Rumi

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan the flames.” -Rumi

 

 

 

 

 

"When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade without further introduction" - Mark Twain

“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade without further introduction” – Mark Twain

 

 

 

 

 

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. -Spanish proverb

 

 

 

 

 

Lambs marked for slaughter desperately try to get back to their mothers.

 

 

 

 

 

Only believe…

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Charles Darwin wrote “The Descent of Man,” he mentioned ‘survival of the fittest’ twice. He mentioned the word ‘LOVE’ ninety-five times.

 

 

Life, “however low it flickers or fiercely burns, is still a divine flame which no man dare presume to put out; either life is always and in all circumstances sacred, or intrinsically of no account; it is inconceivable that it should be in some cases the one, and in some the other.” ~ Malcolm Muggeridge

 

 

Where will you be when the last tree falls?

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 10/05/2003, Ed Boks oversaw the safe and humane rescue of a tiger from a Harlem apartment. There was also an 8 foot Caiman rescued from the same location…

 

 

 

 

The three amigos: former LA City Councilman Ed Reyes, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Ed Boks… Good times…

 

 

 

May your joys be as bright as the morning, and may your sorrows be as shadows that fade in the sunlight of love. -Irish Blessing

 

 

“The gaze of the wolf reaches into our soul.” -Barry Lopez

 

 

 

 

 

How the running of the bulls ought to look…

 

 

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” -Victor Hugo

 

 

Who are you having for dinner?

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.” – Doug Larson

 

 

 

 

 

“The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.” – Carl Sandburg

 

 

 

 

 

“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” ― L.R. Knost

 

“The soul that can speak through the eyes, can also kiss with a gaze” – Gustav Adolfo Becquer

 

 

 

 

 

“There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse…” ~Herman Melville

 

 

 

 

 

“You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.” ― Charles Chapli

 

 

 

 

 

Who are you listening to?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we should dance

 

 

 

 

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” -Winston Churchill

 

 

 

How you know you’re in the doghouse…

 

 

 

How pit bulls respond in a photo booth…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“There is no such thing as the ‘voiceless’, there is only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard” -Arundhati Roy

 

 

Everyone’s looking for a stable relationship…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives….Life is sacred to him.” – Albert Einstein

 

 

Although Mark Twain was well known for his love of cats, he also appreciated America’s beloved Pit Bull Terrier.

 

 

 

 

We’ve all seen photographs of “sportsmen” grinning over their kill, here is a photograph of what took place ten minutes before the kill.

 

 

 

 

 

“Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen

 

“We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.” ― G.K. Chesterton

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alligator laughs at Blue Heron’s funny walk… That’s just mean…

 

 

 

 

“The more helpless the victim, the greater the crime.” -Ashley Montagu

 

 

 

…on second thought, I think I’ll go vegan…

 

 

 

 

 

Nairobi, we have a problem…

 

 

 

 

 

“The Hawaiian creation myth relates that the present cosmos is only the last of a series, having arisen in stages from the wreck of the previous universe. In this account, the octopus is the lone survivor of the previous, alien universe.” ― Roland Burrage Dixon, Oceanic Mythology

 

 

Photo Bomb…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids today. Gotta love’m!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here comes the weekend …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you tell the difference?

 

 

 

 

 

The art of picking your battles…

 

 

 

 

My strength needs no victims. My strength is compassion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson One in taking a selfie: smile and look into the camera.

 

 

 

 

Please make sure your pets are safely indoors, warm and dry tonight!

 

 

 

 

Someday I’m gonna be Pope!

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear” —Ram Dass

 

 

 

 

 

“Life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously. Life finds a way.” -Dr Ian Malcolm

 

 

 

 

Do you have your honey baked ham?

 

 

 

 

Who are you having for dinner?

 

 

 

 

 

I knew it!

 

 

 

 

 

This 1966 LIFE magazine photo essay by Stan Wayman turned the tide of public opinion against pound seizure, leading to the passage of the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act.

 

Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.

 

 

 

 

 

I found my new branch manager…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“So you’re a little weird? Work it! A little different? OWN it! Better to be a nerd than one of the herd!” -Mandy Hale

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday memories…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Dr. Seuss

 

 

 

 

 

“It is no use waiting for your ship to come in unless you have sent one out.” – Belgian Proverb

 

 

 

 

 

“To observe wild animals in their natural settings one has to become wild…” -Muhammad Awais

 

 

 

 

 

“The dog is the god of frolic.” -Henry Ward Beecher

 

 

 

 

“The real index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be.” -Louis de Bernieres

 

 

 

 

 

“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade without further introduction” – Mark Twain

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner time…

 

 

 

 

Let the dawn break with the light of another world…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Meditation: “The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath: it is twice blest; it blesseth him that gives and him that takes…” -William Shakespeare

 

What do you need to be happy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Every creature is better alive than dead… and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” ~Henry David Thoreau

 

 

 

 

“I’ve known many Buddha masters in my life and they’ve all been cats…” ~ Eckhart Tolle

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving is for families…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“People are very gullible. They’ll believe anything they see in print.” -E.B. White

 

 

 

 

 

“How beautiful it is to find someone who asks for nothing but your company.” ~Brigitte Nicole

 

 

 

 

 

“I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.” -Maya Angelou

 

 

 

 

 

“Love your neighbor as yourself; but don’t take down the fence.” -Carl Sandburg

 

 

 

 

 

“And while I stood there, I saw more than I can tell, and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.” -Black Elk

 

Rescue is a team sport…

 

 

 

 

 

When life gives you lemons…

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Recycling Program

 

 

 

 

 

The world is filled with clues – and you can read your way through it…

 

 

 

 

 

The early bird gets the nectar…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.” -Edith Wharton

 

 

 

 

 

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet;
This is not done by jostling in the street.” -William Blake

 

 

 

 

Are we there yet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Into the woods I go,
To lose my mind
And find my soul…

 

 

 

20,000 children die every day because we give their food to factory farmed animals.

 

 

“When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set.” -Lin Yutang

 

 

 

 

“Our future lies not in competition, but in responsible, interdependent cooperation.” -Joseph Rain

 

 

 

 

Another horrific pit bull fight…

 

 

 

 

Great minds think “a hike”…
Smart minds think “carry me”…

 

 

 

 

 

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” -Lao Tzu

 

“Through the blackest night, morning gently tiptoes, feeling its way to dawn.” ~Robert Brault

 

 

 

Empathy is listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating the healing message “you are not alone”.

 

 

“The early bird gathers no moss! The rolling stone catches the worm.” – Jim Carrey

 

 

 

 

 

Settling in for the evening…

 

 

 

I support vegan hunting…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.” – Tennessee Williams

 

 

 

 

Actually seeing a bear in the woods made me forget the question…

 

 

 

 

 

People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.

 

 

 

 

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you are climbing it.” – Andy Rooney

 

 

 

 

“Mountains… are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.” -Anatoli Boukreev

 

 

 

 

 

“Every creature is better alive than dead… and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” ~Henry David Thoreau

 

 

 

 

Move along nothing to see here…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most.” -Ulysses S. Grant

 

 

 

 

 

A yawn is a silent scream for coffee…

 

 

 

 

 

“We dance for laughter,
we dance for tears,
we dance for madness,
we dance for fears,
we dance for hopes, 
we dance for screams,
we are the dancers,
we create the dreams.”
-Albert Einstein

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” -Dalai Lama XIV

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona, where the line between art and nature ~ blurs…

 

 

 

 

 

“All great thinkers are initially ridiculed – and eventually revered.” -Robin S. Sharma

 

 

Four cool cats AND The Beatles

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Non-violent civil disobedience is genius; no power can beat it.” -Mehmet Murat Idan

 

 

 

 

 

“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” – Hebrews 1:14 (Some of us need more ministering to than others…)

 

 

 

 

Life is full of clues and you can read your way through it…

 

 

 

 

 

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe

You must remember this
A kiss is just a kiss,
a sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by…

 

 

 

 

“Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them —
The summer flowers depart —
Sit still — as all transform’d to stone,
Except your musing heart.”
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never.” ~Yiddish Proverb

 

 

 

 

 

This must be what it’s like when your ship comes in…

 

 

 

 

Hugging has no unpleasant side effects and is all natural. There are no batteries to replace, it’s inflation-proof and non-fattening with no monthly payments. It’s non-taxable, non-polluting, and is fully refundable.

 

 

 

“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” ~Elisabeth Foley

 

 

“Rivers flow not past, but through us; tingling, vibrating, exciting every cell and fiber in our bodies, making them sing and glide.” – John Muir

 

 

 

 

“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” ~Henry David Thoreau

 

Thank God its Friday…

 

 

 

 

Is there a little necrophilia in every hunter? If rape is a violent sexual violation, isn’t hunting the ultimate such act? Is that not what we see here? Does it not explain the exuberance hunters describe when they kill?

 

“men talk of money and industry
of hard times and recoveries
of finance and economics
but the ants wait and the scorpions wait -for while men talk they are making deserts all the time
getting the world ready for the conquering ant -drought and erosion and desert because men cannot learn”  ― Don Marquis

Work for a cause; not for applause.
Live life to express; not to impress.
Don’t strive to make your presence noticed;
Just make your absence felt.

 

 

Against the Wind…

 

 

 

This Public Service Announcement brought to you by every animal shelter in America: Please don’t let your dog run loose.

 

 

 

Movie Script Idea: Imagine you are born into a world to be food for an “intelligent species” that does not understand your language. You are not fully aware of this, but you know something in horribly wrong and you are scared and you know you must escape. You spent your entire life in a dark, smelly, warehouse where you could not move because your stall was so small. But one day you find yourself outside and you have your chance and you escape. You are now free, but what you don’t know is you are surrounded by SEVEN BILLION monsters who all want to eat you. All I need is an ending…

“Everything is going to be fine in the end.
If it’s not fine it’s not the end.”
― Oscar Wilde

 

 

 

 

 

“Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them —
The summer flowers depart —
Sit still — as all transform’d to stone,
Except your musing heart.”
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” -Hunter S. Thompson

Ever been in a conversation where you just wanted to…

 

 

 

 

“Dogs are our link to paradise. To sit with a dog is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing is not boring–it is peace.” -Milan Kundera

 

 

“God sent his Singers upon earth
With songs of sadness and of mirth,
That they might touch the hearts of men,
And bring them back to heaven again.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

 

 

 

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” -Frank A. Clark

 

 

 

Mind meld…

 

 

 

 

“We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out.” -Decca Recording Company on declining to sign The Beatles in 1962

 

“Properly understood and applied, prayer is the most potent instrument of action.” -Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

 

 

 

“When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” -Rumi

 

 

 

 

 

Some rules are meant to be broken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing like the smell of freedom…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“All meet in singing, which braids together the different knowings into a wide and subtle music, the music of living.” -Alison Croggon

 

 

 

 

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society…

 

 

 

 

“The soul is healed by being with children.”
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

 

 

 

 

“If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.” -Hal Borland

 

 

“Happiness unshared can scarcely be called happiness…” -Charlotte Bronte

 

 

 

 

 

“I was scared too.” -Harambe

 

 

 

 

 

“Thorns may hurt you,
men desert you,
sunlight turn to fog;
but you’re never friendless ever,
if you have a dog.”
—Douglas Mallock

 

 

I can understand your anger with me but what could you possibly have against the horse I rode in on?

 

 

 

 

 

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali

 

 

“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.” – Muhammad Ali

 

 

 

 

 

Judas kiss: 
What is amiss
when this man
his bull does kiss
He sold him
for a bullfight
to die in pain
and terrible fright

 

“What is the cat?” he exclaimed. “It is a corrective. God, having made the mouse, said, ‘I’ve made a blunder.’ And he made the cat. The cat is the erratum of the mouse. The mouse, plus the cat, Is the revised and corrected proof of creation.” – Victor Hugo

 

 

 

It riles them to believe we perceive the web they weave…

 

 

 

 

 

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” -Voltaire

 

 

An education is important but riding horses is importanter!

 

 

 

Dear Diary, you’ll never guess what I caught today!

 

 

 

 

 

These flowers are for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if this really is what it’s all about?

 

 

 

 

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.” -Niccolo Machiavelli

 

 

 

“Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.” -William Butler Yeats

 

 

 

 

 

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung

 

 

 

 

Disturbing…

 

 

 

 

“We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and bones.” -Henry David Thoreau

 

 

 

“Start every day with a smile and get it over with.” – W. C. Fields

 

 

 

 

Lets make silent fireworks the law of the land!

 

 

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” -C.G. Jung

 

 

 

 

 

“For two personalities to meet is like mixing two chemical substances: if there is any combination at all, both are transformed.” -C.G. Jung

 

 

 

 

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” -Stella Adler

 

 

 

 

 

“Whoever saves a life, saves the world entire.” — The Talmud

 

 

 

 

 

“Into the woods–you have to grope,
But that’s the way you learn to cope.
Into the woods to find there’s hope
Of getting through the journey.
Into the woods, each time you go,
There’s more to learn of what you know.”
-Stephen Sondheim

 

 

 

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.” -Rumi

 

 

Gotta love this post…

 

 

 

 

 

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” -Jean Jacques Rousseau

 

 

 

 

 

“Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone.” -Czeslaw Milosz

 

 

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” -William James

 

 

 

 

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

 

 

 

 

 

It’s what’s for dinner…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything we need to know we can learn from our dog…

 

 

 

 

 

“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats.” -Albert Schweitzer

 

 

 

 

 

“If I had a horse
I’d ride off in the sunset
If I had wings, I’d fly off
In the sky so blue
If I had the time, I’d spend my
Whole life dreaming.”
-Brooks and Dunn

 

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” -Jonathan Swift

 

 

 

 

 

Heading home at the end of a long day…

 

 

 

 

 

“Inhale and hold the evening in your lungs.” -Sebastian Faulks

 

 

 

 

 

There are many intelligent species in our world – and they all own cats…

 

 

 

 

 

“I love the silent hour of night,
For blissful dreams may then arise,
Revealing to my charmed sight –
What may not bless my waking eyes.” -Anne Brontë

 

“To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.” -Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

 

 

 

There should be an escape hatch on every street…

 

 

 

 

 

Direct hit…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Owl, you and I have brains. The others have fluff. If there is any thinking to be done in this Forest–and when I say thinking I mean thinking–you and I must do it.” -A. A. Milne (The House at Pooh Corner)

 

 

 

Wisdom from the Wilde man…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And they’re right.

 

 

 

 

 

“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” ~Buddha

 

 

 

 

 

“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.” -Lord Byron

 

 

“How one walks through the world, the endless small adjustments of balance, is affected by the shifting weights of beautiful things.” -Elaine Scarry

 

 

 

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.” -C.S. Lewis

 

 

 

“When we try to pick anything out by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” – John Muir

 

 

 

 

 

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” -Leonardo da Vinci

 

 

 

 

 

I dream of a day when chickens will be able to cross a road without having their motives questioned.

 

 

 

 

 

“The river called. The call is the thundering rumble of distant rapids, the intimate roar of white water . . . a primeval summons to primordial values.” – John J Craighead

 

 

“Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

The family that reflects together…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.” -Wendell Berry

 

 

 

“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

 

 

 

Sir Winston Churchill thanking a member of Her Majesty’s Navy for effectively managing a rodent abatement program aboard ships.

 

 

Remembering the day Tony LaRussa asked me to help him coach… I think he ultimately got the hang of it…

 

 

“One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.” — Martin Luther King, Jr

 

 

 

 

“When animals express their feelings they pour out like water from a spout. Animals’ emotions are raw, unfiltered, and uncontrolled. Their joy is the purest and most contagious of joys and their grief the deepest and most devastating. Their passions bring us to our knees in delight and sorrow.” ~Marc Bekoff

“To every soul you encounter, be a mirror, which reflects only their beauty.” -Bryant McGill

 

 

 

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” ― Edward Everett Hale

 

 

 

 

“Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain only drowning men could see him
He said all men will be sailors then until the sea shall free them
But he himself was broken, long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human, he sank beneath your wisdom like a stone.”
-Leonard Cohen

When Charles Darwin wrote “The Descent of Man,” he mentioned survival of the fittest twice. He mentioned the word LOVE ninety-five times. How did we get it so wrong?

 

 

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” – Mark Twain

 

 

 

 

We’re all just walking each other home. ~ Ram Dass

 

 

 

“Man was appointed by God to have dominion over the beasts, and everything a man does to an animal is either a lawful exercise or a sacrilegious abuse of an authority by Divine right.” ~ C. S. Lewis

 

“Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.” -Emily Dickinson

 

 

 

 

 

“Always remember that you are absolutely unique, just like everyone else.” -Margaret Mead

 

 

 

 

 

“Human domination over nature is an illusion, a passing dream by a naive species. It is an illusion that has cost us much, ensnared us in our own designs, given us a few boasts to make about our courage and genius, but all the same it is an illusion.” -Donald Worster

“What an irony that these living beings whose shade we sit in, whose fruit we eat, whose limbs we climb, whose roots we water, to whom most of us rarely give a second thought, are so poorly understood. We need to come, as soon as possible, to a profound understanding and appreciation for trees and forests and the vital role they play, for they are among our best allies in the uncertain future that is unfolding.” – Jim Robbins

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength, for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” -Tecumseh

 

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” -Khalil Gibran

 

 

 

 

True friends have your back!

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.” -Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

“Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
But you are the eternity and you are the mirror.”
― Khalil Gibran

 

 

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” -Dalai Lama

 

 

 

 

 

…anything for attention…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time for another health check…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.” ~John Muir (As demonstrated in this heart wrenching photo of an Orangutan surveying his home after developers cleared the land.)

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.” -CS Lewis

 

 

 

“With beauty before me, may I walk
With beauty behind me, may I walk
With beauty above me, may I walk
With beauty below me, may I walk
With beauty all around me, may I walk
Wandering on the trail of beauty, may I walk”
– Navajo: Walking Meditation

“Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.” -Isaac Newton

 

 

 

Riddle: So, what do you get when you cross a chimpanzee and a computer?
Answer: Hairy Reasoner.

 

 

 

 

“Every day, people straighten up their hair. Why not their heart?” – Che Guevara

 

 

 

Live like someone left the door open…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When a stray animal crosses your path, it may be as close to God as you’re going to get in this lifetime.” – Kinky Friedman

 

 

 

 

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” -Kurt Vonnegut

 

 

 

 

“This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving.” – Steve Maraboli

 

 

 

 

You have the right to remain silent…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When you’re the best of friends
Having so much fun together
You’re not even aware,
you’re such a funny pair
You’re the best of friends”
-Big Mama (The Fox and the Hound)

 

 

 

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” -Frank A. Clark

 

 

 

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is the knack of getting along.” -Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

Your moment of Zen…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The best way to be more free is to grant more freedom to others.” -Carlo Dossi

 

 

 

 

Don’t believe everything you hear…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon

 

 

 

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

“You don’t have to be an angel to be a saint.” -Albert Schweitzer

 

 

 

 

 

Two heads are better than one…

 

 

 

 

 

 

May your day be filled with this kind of magic…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joy can cause a smile, but more often a smile can cause joy.

 

 

 

 

“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” -Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

 

 

 

“Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.” -Mark Twain

 

 

 

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eye for an instant?”- Henry David Thoreau

 

 

“I prided myself on being unflappable even in the most chaotic of circumstances.” -Norman Schwarzkopf

 

 

 

 

 

What a full moon looks like to a cat…

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you re-read a classic, you don’t see more in the book than you did before; you see more in yourself than there was before.

 

 

 

A bull arriving at a Hong Kong slaughterhouse suddenly knelt and cried before being taken in. One of the workers trembled when he saw the bull’s tears. The workers continued trying to pull the bull inside, but failed. The crying bull would not budge. The workers were so moved they decided to gather funds to purchase the bull and give him to monks, who would take care of him. When they decided not to kill the bull, the creature stood up and followed them.
“All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?” – Buddha

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

 

 

 

 

 

Proven no kill solutions for animal shelters and communities

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Never miss a good chance to shut up.” – Will Rogers

 

 

 

 

“If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet…maybe we could understand something.” -Federico Fellini

 

 

 

Dear Diary,
You’ll never guess what I caught today..

 

 

 

 

 

“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.” -Rumi

 

 

 

Happiness comes in waves…

 

 

 

 

“Dogs are our link to paradise. To sit with a dog is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing is not boring–it is peace.” -Milan Kundera

 

 

“God sent his Singers upon earth
With songs of sadness and of mirth,
That they might touch the hearts of men,
And bring them back to heaven again.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

 

 

 

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” -Frank A. Clark

 

 

 

Mind meld…

 

 

 

 

“Properly understood and applied, prayer is the most potent instrument of action.” -Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

 

 

 

“Mankind’s true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.” – Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? – Buddha”

 

 

 

 

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” -Leo Buscaglia

 

“If you really want to eat, keep climbing. The fruits are on the top of the tree. Stretch and keep stretching. Success is on the top, keep going.” – Israelmore Avivor

 

 

 

 

“Everybody knows the secret,
Everybody knows the score.
I have finally found a place to live
In the presence of the Lord.” – Eric Clapton

 

 

 

 

“We gain courage when we really stop to look fear in the face.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

 

 

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.” – William James

 

 

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” -Carl Sagan

 

 

When you open your heart, you can let in the whole world…

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing like the smell of freedom…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The More You Know:  Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 Black children where they marched, sang and celebrated. Thanks to Abstrakt Goldsmith for this nugget of history that most of us never learned in school.

“If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet…maybe we could understand something.” ― Federico Fellini

 

 

 

 

 

“You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants a magical solution to the problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic.” – Alice

 

 

 

 

“It’s hard enough to live in a land where you don’t belong; but… holding conflicting realities in your head… will drive you mad.” – Alice

 

 

 

 

Every once in a while a dog comes your way that changes your life forever.

 

 

 

“Happiness unshared can scarcely be called happiness…” -Charlotte Bronte

 

 

 

 

 

“Never was a chain that couldn’t be broken. Sometimes its even a good idea.” -Bruce Coville, Into the Land of the Unicorns

 

 

What are the odds?

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What is the cat?” he exclaimed. “It is a corrective. God, having made the mouse, said, ‘I’ve made a blunder.’ And he made the cat. The cat is the erratum of the mouse. The mouse, plus the cat, Is the revised and corrected proof of creation.” – Victor Hugo

 

 

 

Meals on Wheels… Canadian style….

 

 

 

 

 

 

“There would be a lot more optimists if it weren’t for the rise-and-shine requirement.” ~Robert Brault

 

 

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

“Dogs may bark and jackals howl; but Truth moves Majestically forward.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

 

 

 

Good Morning. These are for you… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life’s a beach when it goes to the dogs…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let the harshest thing you throw at another human being be flowers…

 

 

 

 

 

“Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal… In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately.

Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away for two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh–not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.”
― Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings

“If I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” ― Leo Tolstoy

“Start every day with a smile and get it over with.” – W. C. Fields

 

 

 

 

“Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.”- Paramahansa Yogananda

 

 

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” -Stella Adler

 

 

 

 

 

From beasts we scorn as soulless,
In forest, field and den,
The cry goes up to witness
The soullessness of men.
~M. Frida Hartley

 

 

“The soul can split the sky in two and let the face of God shine through.”- Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

 

“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.” -Psalm 150

 

 

 

 

“Falling in love you remain a child; rising in love you mature. By and by love becomes not a relationship, it becomes a state of your being. Not that you are in love – now you are love.” ― Osho

 

 

 

 

“Brutality to an animal is cruelty to mankind – the only difference is the victim.” -Alphonse de Lamartine

 

 

 

 

 

“A good old rodeo never hurt anyone.” – Taylor Kitsch

 

 

 

 

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” -Jean Jacques Rousseau

 

 

 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it. It is a trait that is not known to the higher animals.” – Mark Twain, “The Lowest Animal”

 

 

“We can complain because rosebushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” -Abraham Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

“In the hope of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.” – Albert Schweitzer

 

 

 

 

All the  intelligent species in the universe own cats…

 

 

 

 

 

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” -Roger Caras

 

 

 

 

 

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” -Marcus Aurelius

 

 

“We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.” -Rudyard Kipling

 

 

 

 

 

“There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.” -Samuel Johnson

 

 

 

The beauty of the 2nd Amendment is that we will never need it – until someone tries to take it away.

 

 

 

 

 

Break Time…

 

 

 

 

We share more similarities than differences…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.” -Winston Churchill

 

 

 

 

“To observe wild animals in their natural settings one has to become wild…” -Muhammad Awais

 

 

 

 

 

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” -Mark Twain

 

 

 

 

 

I believe in angels,
the kind that heaven sends.
I’m surrounded by angels, and
I call them my best friends

 

 

 

Tough neighborhood…

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Golden Pond…

 

 

 

 

“True courage is not knowing when to take a life, but when to spare one.” -Gandolf (The Unexpected Journey)

 

 

 

“How one walks through the world, the endless small adjustments of balance, is affected by the shifting weights of beautiful things.” -Elaine Scarry

 

 

 

“When you lose your laugh you lose your footing.” -Ken Kesey, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

 

 

“Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Gray skies are gonna clear up
Put on a happy face
Brush off the clouds and cheer up
Put on a happy face…

 

 

The world is full of clues, you can read your way through it.

 

 

 

 

“When I think of all the worries people seem to find
And how they’re in a hurry to complicate their mind
By chasing after money and dreams that can’t come true
I’m glad that we are different, we’ve better things to do
May others plan their future, I’m busy loving you.” – The Grass Roots

A friend doesn’t have to speak your language to touch your heart.

 

 

 

 

“Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

 

 

 

The best mirror is a friend’s eye. –Gaelic Proverb

 

 

 

 

“As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” ~Leo Tolstoy

 

 

 

Have you read to your pet today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Pew Research Study showed that viewers of the Daily Show had the highest knowledge of national and international affairs compared to viewers of mainstream news sources. Where can we get our news now?

 

“And a little child shall lead them…” Isaiah 11:6

 

 

 

 

“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” -Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

 

 

 

Best way to keep our freeways moving!

 

 

 

“People speak about the ‘bestial’ cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.” -Fyodor Dostoyevsky. (The device prevents calf from suckling his mother.)

 

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, we have to recognize the woman responsible for saving the iconic science fiction show — Lucille Ball!. In 1964, Ball was the sole owner of Desilu Studios and the first woman to ever run a major Hollywood studio.
The network decided to order a season but the Desilu Board of Directors balked and all but one of the board members voted to cancel Star Trek in February 1966. Lucille Ball had high hopes for the fledgling show and was impressed by Roddenberry’s vision so she used her power as board chair to override the decision to cancel. The first episode ran in September of 1966. Studio accountant Edwin Holly later explained, “If it were not for Lucy, there would be no ‘Star Trek’ today.” So the next time you’re watching Star Trek — or one of the many science fiction future worlds that it inspired — remember this is one more reason to love Lucy

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer

 

 

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” -Upton Sinclair

 

 

“The variations between humans and other species in their capacity to feel and express emotion are differences in degree rather than in kind. It’s a short step from there to recognition that individual animals have personalities, and to reckon that not only do they live – they have lives.” – Charles Darwin (The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals – 1872)

“The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
(The eye of the Beluga whale)

 

 

Only had a moment to snap this picture of what I have since learned is a Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) in the backyard…

 

 

 

 

The true face of rodeo…

 

 

 

 

“One of the ill effects of cruelty is that it makes bystanders cruel.” – Thomas Fowell Buxton (Something to think about in the context of circus, zoo, rodeo, or aquarium attendance.)

 

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe

 

 

 

President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) after signing Animal Welfare Act.

 

 

 

 

 

Reality is Really Relative…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Let’s just call things what they are. When a man’s love of finery clouds his moral judgment, that is vanity. When he lets a demanding palate make his moral choices, that is gluttony. When he ascribes the divine will to his own whims, that is pride. And when he gets angry at being reminded of animal suffering that his own daily choices might help avoid, that is moral cowardice.” ―Matthew Scully

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” -Jean Jacques Rousseau

 

 

 

Which came first?

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Halloween surreal; Salvador Dali walking his anteater….

 

 

 

 

 

Defining Compassion – a deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the desire to relieve it. More vigorous than sympathy or empathy, compassion gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering. Compassion is the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism. In ethical terms, the Golden Rule may best embody the principle of compassion: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Compassion does not simply mean caring deeply about someone else’s suffering. Compassion causes you to get personally involved. Compassion manifests in the face of cruelty when you are moved to say out loud, “This is wrong” – and you do something to end the suffering

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.” – Edward Abbey

Remembering some of our forgotten veterans:
“Look back at our struggle for freedom
Trace our present day’s strength to its source
And you’ll find that man’s pathway to glory
Is strewn with the bones of a horse.”
~Author unknown

 

 

 

“Fall in love with a dog and you enter a universe that features new colors, new rituals, new rules, and a new way of experiencing attachment.” -Caroline Knapp

 

 

 

 

Bruce and Mick learning they are in the presence of a Nobel Peace Prize winner…

 

 

 

 

Time for a Lady and the Tramp remake with pit bulls…

 

 

 

 

 

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” -John F. Kennedy

 

 

 

 

 

A Thanksgiving dream… having turkeys over for a vegan dinner…

 

 

 

 

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.” -Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

“It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.” ~ Albert Camus

 

 

 

“The problem is not that we wake up each morning wanting to contribute to cruelty or violence; the problem is that we don’t wake up each morning wanting to do everything we can to foster compassion and kindness. If that were on our to-do list every morning, imagine what our world would look like. Imagine what we could accomplish.” ~ Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

“Life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

 

 

 

Magical afternoon of time travel…

 

 

 

 

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Sigmund Freud

 

 

 

 

 

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” ― Albert Einstein

 

 

“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” -William Blake

 

 

 

 

 

“He who feeds a hungry animal, feeds his own soul.” – Charlie Chaplin

 

 

 

Alternate universe…

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I was hurried to a hell of intense tortures, such as no language can describe.” –Dr. Victor Frankenstein

 

 

 

 

“If love is the treasure, laughter is the key.” -Yakov Smirnoff

 

 

 

 

 

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in action creates superheroes!

 

 

 

 

 

Is eating meat really just a choice or is it an act of violence?

 

 

 

Now try to get this song out of your head…

 

 

 

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?” -Thomas Merton

 

 

 

“The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the Imagination.” -Emily Dickinson

 

 

 

“Sunset is a wonderful opportunity for us to appreciate all the great things the sun gives us!” -Mehmet Murat ilda

 

 

 

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” -Albert Schweitzer
(Marlon Brando was famous for his furious intensity and Method-actor brooding, but he was equally famous for his sensitivity. Behind the stormy exterior and famous rages was the soulful, vulnerable soul of a man who enjoyed the company of cats. Marlon Brando was a soulful, brooding cat lover.)

 

“War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.” -John F. Kennedy

 

 

“Be an opener of doors.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

 

Don’t curse the heat; plant a tree!

 

 

 

Welcome to Arizona!

 

 

 

 

Remembering the day Tony LaRussa asked me to help him coach… I think he ultimately got the hang of it…

 

 

“If we believe absurdities, we will commit atrocities.” -Voltaire

 

 

 

“There is beauty, heartbreaking beauty, everywhere.” -Edward Abbey

 

 

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.

 

 

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” -Martin Buber

 

 

 

 

 

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” -Carl Jung

 

 

 

“A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points.” -Alan Kay, computer scientist (b. 17 May 1940)

 

 

 

 

 

“If we never had the courage to take a leap of faith, we’d be cheating God out of a chance to mount us up with wings and watch us soar.” -Jen Stephens

 

 

As long as there is a victim, the consumer’s choice is an act of aggression.

 

 

 

 

 

Reframing the question: “Do bears DANCE in the woods?”

 

 

 

 

 

“Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” —Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” -Carl Sagan

 

 

“Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.” -Mark Twain

 

 

 

Think about this when the circus comes to your town: Elephants’ brains are the largest among land mammals. They have the ability to grieve and elephants have been observed performing burial-like ceremonies. Elephants also have excellent problem solving skills; the well-known example of Asian elephant Bandula unhooking the shackles on her feet and then freeing other captive elephants shows a keen intelligence. Scientists have found that older elephants are better at making crucial decisions, such as searching for food and protecting the herd from predators, because of their remarkable memory. We humans can look to elephants for inspiration not entertainment. Boycott all circuses that exploit animals.

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ― W.B. Yeats

 

 

 

 

 

Saddleback Caterpillar between two baby Saw Whet Owls named Rock and Hard Place. (Photo by Psithyrus)

 

 

 

 

“There is beauty, heartbreaking beauty, everywhere.” -Edward Abbey

 

 

 

 

 

“As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” ― Pythagoras

 

 

 

“The surface of the Earth says, ‘The Treasure Is Within.'” -Rumi

 

 

 

“Future historians may well look back upon our time and write, not about how many pounds of pesticide we did or didn’t apply, but by how willing we are to sacrifice our children and future generations for this massive genetic engineering experiment that his based on flawed science and failed promises just to benefit the bottom line of a commercial enterprise.” – Dr. Don M. Huber, Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology at Purdue University

Scientists are genetically modifying birds to be featherless so people who are genetically modified to have no soul can kill and eat them.

 

 

 

I love you – but I’ve chosen disco!

 

 

 

 

 


Compassionate Conservation:

First do no harm;

Individuals matter;

Value all life;

Peaceful Coexistence

 

I give you this one thought to keep
I am with you still, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not think of me as gone
I am with you still in each new dawn.