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"If I have any beliefs about immortality,
it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven,
and very, very few persons."

~ James Thurber... Quotes for YOU

April 25, 2005


"You're My Best Friend"

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Ever wonder where the old saying, "A man’s best friend is his dog," came from? Well, if you guessed Warrensburg, Missouri, you were right!

Senator George Graham Vest won a court battle, and the ears of dog lovers everywhere, when he paid his famous tribute to the dog during the 1870 Burden vs. Hornsby court case in Warrensburg.

His speech included the line, "The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog."

The "eulogy to the dog" won the case for Charles Burden whose favorite hound, "Old Drum," was shot by a neighbor, Leonidas Hornsby, who had sworn to kill the first dog that came onto his land.

Although Hornsby had hunted with Drum and acknowledged him to be one of the best hunting dogs he had ever seen, he carried out his threat when one night a dog was found prowling in his yard. That dog was Old Drum.

Burden immediately sued Hornsby for damages and the trial quickly became one of the strangest in the history of this part of the country. Each man was determined to win the case. After several appeals, the case finally reached the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Burden was awarded $50 in damages for the loss of his favorite hunting dog. Vest’s eulogy to the dog, which he made in his final appeal to the jury, won the case and became a classic speech.

Through the direction of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce and coordinated efforts by many dog lovers across the country, Old Drum was immortalized in a statue on the Johnson County Courthouse lawn in Warrensburg on September 23, 1958.

While no record was kept of the last half of Vest’s tribute to a dog, the first portion has fortunately been preserved. It was this speech that originated the saying, "A man’s best friend is his dog." George Graham Vest speaking:

"Gentlemen of the Jury, the best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful.

"Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith.

"The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action.

"The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.

"Gentleman of the Jury, a man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side.

"He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that encounters the roughness of the world.

"He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

"If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies.

"When the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death."

Senator George Graham Vest (1830-1904): US Senator from Missouri, Confederate States Congressman, Confederate Veteran, attorney, famed orator, conservationist and champion for the rights of Native Americans.

~From www.Warrensburg.org



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Busy, complex lives in society at times can seem to kill the spark of life in us. Dealing with our boss at work or carting the kids to this or that event, we have no time for us. What about our spirit — where is it in all this hurry? Hopefully not dead, but certainly buried good and far down somewhere. Just to survive in a social circle or a career, we may always have to put off achieving awakening to who we really are in our very depths. At times, we can feel smothered, even obliterated. There is an urgency then to recover what we once had, as kids, when we climbed, ran, danced, and played without thought of anything but the moment. Fortunately we have all around us, at any time, both the place and the spirit of that time we long to. It is time to rediscover how to move our bodies, rhythmically and magically, in the spirit of Nature.

In Nature, we can let go of the person we have to be at work and in society, merging in the rhythm of the land and the seasons. We can walk freely in the hills or on the beach, letting our bodies move with their natural rhythm they crave. Merging in the rhythm of the land and the seasons, say, on nature trails or in the mountains, we can feel in our bodies — the wonder of mountain upon stream-filled mountain with azure haze spilling out from the clouds.

In that wondrous beauty, far away from artifice and social care, we feel a vastness hugely bigger than ourselves — than our job at home, than all our associations, appointments and obligations. Like the small human figure in a Chinese nature landscape, we are a tiny speck in the vast world of forces much bigger than us. As we swing our arms in the bracing wind and the rhythm of our breathing harmonizes with our footstep, we perceive in our humble happiness an opening through which we can speak to our original self, the face of brightness which we can find by penetrating our conditioning and habits.

Working the land can also help bring us into harmony with nature and our deepest self. In fact, the great horticulturist Alan Chadwick called gardening true religion: the epitome and mother of all true culture, where by devotion to working the soil, we contact our original nature and partner with Nature to enliven the earth. Through such service to the earth, gardeners help to calm restless thoughts and attain glimpses of the Tao.

Nature embodies what the Buddhists call Emptiness, the meditative cleansing of the mind. Immersion in mountains, rivers, and forests that are far from civilized comforts symbolize that complete merging of our ego self back into the peace of nature. Perhaps we get some taste of the battle for the supreme experience of Oneness with the divine waged by such nature lovers as St. Francis and of the Buddha, who resolved not to leave the wilderness until enlightenment came. All such great figures knew about the wilds of nature and about the floods of anxious, negative thoughts that boil over in the mind in a setting purified of all the feverish activity of humanity. The Buddha under the bodhi tree won pure freedom from the anxieties of the mind.

That is why we today have the rare chance to draw on the rich spiritual benefits such brave souls won. There is a way to gain some of their peace. Out in nature, we can contact and feel in our bodies a harmonious spirit. And in our own private space, we can practice passage meditation, which engages our highest faculties and connects our deepest being with the serene beauty of a calm lake or high mountain top. By concentrating deeply, say, on a nature passage in The Path of Direct Awakening, we gradually gain some of the peace won by those brave souls who broke free into the enlightened state. Their peace becomes ours, if we only want it and ask for it.

I suggest meditating on nature passages for a period of half an hour and submerging oneself in nature at least some part of every day. This brings our life closer to the spirit that flows through nature. Through life in nature, service to the earth, and meditation on the words of enlightened nature poets, we imprint upon ourselves the peace of a mountain lake, a far off stream, or a beautifully tilled field. This will help us to:

1) Pull back from stress;
Defeat worry;
Reverse bad habits;
Give up the compulsion to control;
Elevate our self image; and
Contact the highest reality and harmonize our life with it.

Dr. Stephen Ruppenthal is the author of The Path of Direct Awakening: Passages for Meditation,
co-author of Eknath Easwaran's edition of The Dhammapada, and the author of Keats and Zen.
Dr. Ruppenthal is an international workshop leader in passage meditation and in courses for those
looking for end of life spiritual care and for the spiritual step component of twelve-step programs.
Visit Stephen's work at: www.DirectAwakenings.com


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These are from potential visitors, who posted on an Australian Tourism Website and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have a snide sense of humor:

Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I have never seen it rain on TV, so how do the plants grow? (UK).
We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.

Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA)
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Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney — can I follow the railroad tracks? (Sweden)
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Q: Which direction is North in Australia? (USA)
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Q: Can I bring cutlery into Australia? (UK)
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Q: Can I wear high heels in Australia? (UK)
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Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Australia? (USA)
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Q: Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all year round? (Germany)
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Q: Please send a list of all doctors in Australia who can dispense rattlesnake serum. (USA)
Rattlesnakes live in A-MER-I-CA which is where YOU come from. All Australian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make good pets, especially the Taipans.

Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? (USA)
AUS-TRI-A that quaint little country bordering GER-MAN-Y, which is...oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Kings Cross, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.

Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Australia, but I forget its name. It's a kind of bear and lives in trees. (USA)
A: It's called a Drop Bear. They are so called because they drop out of gum trees and eat the brains of anyone walking underneath them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself with honey before you go out walking.

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Author Steve Goodier, founder and publisher of Your Life Support, sends out hope and encouragement to a worldwide community of readers. Here he shares some very wise words about how our life lessons can often come from the most unexpected places:

"I have learned much about myself from the game of racquetball. In fact, I have learned a great deal over the years about all aspects life and living on the racquetball court. Here are some of the more important lessons that have come from the court:

1. People play better when they are encouraged. It's true in life, too. People do better when they are encouraged, rather than criticized, condemned and judged.

2. When two or more people occupy a small space, they should learn to share. It goes for planets, too.

3. The only way to get better is to practice. And in life, the only way to improve relationships, learn courage or be happy is to practice.

4. Pay attention. Those who lose their focus, lose perspective and lose games. And those people who focus too much on yesterday or tomorrow will never live today fully and joyously.

5. There are always people who will do better than you. But your job is not to be the best, it is to do your best.

6. Attitude really is everything. When you believe in your success, visualize it and work toward it, you are more likely to succeed.

7. Losses are lessons. When I lose a game so badly that I am humiliated on the court, I thank my opponent for the free lesson. Failures are not endings; they are lessons to learn from.

8. It isn't over until the last point is scored. Many victories are snatched after one comes back from almost insurmountable odds. So it is with life.

9. Work can be fun, but fun should never become merely work. Life is to be enjoyed.

10. The only way to score ... is to serve. On the court and in life that is true. Individuals and institutions that make a difference find ways to meet human need. Those people who are happiest and most satisfied with their lives have learned to serve. Great lives are built on it." (© 2003 Steve Goodier - Reprinted with Permission)

So put Steve's wisdom in your "gym bag," as you take yourself onto the Playing Field for May, 2005 ... then serve up the best game of your life!

Chelle Thompson ('Shay'), Editor

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