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June 30, 2008


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Quoting Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States, "It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living creatures."

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From the Inside OutPuppy Love

The frustrated mother spoke quietly to the shelter volunteer. "Danielle keeps repeating it over and over again. We've been back to this animal shelter at least five times. It has been weeks now since we started looking for a dog."

"What is it she keeps asking for?" the volunteer asked. "Puppy size!" replied the mother.

"Well, we have plenty of puppies, if that's what she's looking for."

"I know... we have seen every single one of them," the mom said in frustration...

Just then Danielle came walking into the office — but no puppy in hand. "Well, did you find one?" asked her mom.

"No, not this time," Danielle said with sadness in her voice. "Can we come back on the weekend?"

The two women looked at each other, shook their heads and laughed. "You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there's always a supply," the volunteer said.

Danielle took her mother by the hand and headed to the door. "Don't worry, I know that I'll find one this weekend," she said.

Over the next few days both Mom and Dad had long conversations with her. They both felt she was being too particular. "It's this weekend or we're not looking anymore," Dad finally said in frustration. "And we don't want to hear anything more about puppy size either," Mom added.

Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning. By now Danielle knew her way around, so she ran right for the section that housed the smaller dogs. Tired of the routine, mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of the first row of cages. There was an observation window so you could see the animals during times when visitors weren't permitted.

Danielle walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take a closer look. One by one the dogs were brought out and she held each one. One by one she said, "Sorry, you're not the one."

Danielle slowly approached the last cage. The volunteer opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it closely. This time she took a little longer.

"Momma! Momma! I found him! I found the right puppy!" she screamed with delight.

Her face beamed as she shouted. "He's the one! I know it!"

Mom, startled by all the commotion, came running."What? Are you sure? How do you know?" she asked.

"It's the puppy sighs!"

Her mother was baffled. "But it's the same size as all the other puppies you held over the last few weeks," she said.

"No not size, Mom! It's the SIGHS. When I held him in my arms, he sighed," she said as she clutched the tiny dog to her chest. "Don't you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me that love depends on the sighs of your heart? The more you love, the bigger the sighs!"

The two women looked at each other for a moment. Mom didn't know whether to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug the child, she did a little of both.

"Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the right puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms," she said.

Then holding the puppy up close to her face she said, "Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!"

Close your eyes for a moment and think about the love that makes you sigh. I not only find it in the arms of my loved ones, but in the caress of a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool air on a hot day.

They are the sighs of the heart. Take the time to stop and listen; you will be surprised at what you hear. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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"We need another and a wiser and perhaps more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them [other animals] for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the sense we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of earth." Learn More about Henry Beston HERE

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The chemist runs the risk of setting off an explosion that destroys all traces of notes, formulas, experiments and evidence leading to the proof that her theorems are correct.

The alchemist predates the chemist by several hundred years, and not only ran the same risks in the lab, but also in the metaphorical lab of self-discovery and life transformations.

The Alchemists of old are famed for their efforts to change base metals into gold. Less known facts are their efforts to change life's dull and lusterless experiences into joyful and meaningful connections to the natural world. They found a rich metaphor of their material work that translated to personal transformation and growth.

What were the catalysts in those internal labs? What propelled these early scientists to embrace the unseen and recognize the parallels to their laboratory experiments?

I purport that the catalyst was their emotions. Why? Because that's where my own alchemical story begins. Let me start at the beginning — or maybe it's actually the middle, but eventually we'll get to the ending.

I was on the phone with my oldest son, Stacy. It was one of our regular conversations of late about how he was dealing with the upheavals of separating from his wife of 11 years and pending divorce. I had begun to experience some backlash from our conversations — some anger that was coming up as I relived my own separation and eventual divorce from his father more than 10 years previous. The similarities between the two events made it impossible not to relive it all.

The anger moved into sadness. I couldn't put my finger on the source of that sadness, but it was deep and blanketed my entire being. I tried to escape by watching TV, talking on the phone, e-mailing friends, eating, drinking, reading, etc. I didn't want to be under that blanket, or at least feel it's oppressive weight.

As I headed toward the refrigerator once again, I paused mid-step and said, 'Okay, stop running. If you don't get clarity on what this about, it will only come back another time in magnified proportions to better get your attention. This is big enough, and I will stop and see it now.'

I sat down with pen and paper and wrote and wrote until my hand was sore. Then I lay down and tried to dream a better dream. Then I got up and wrote some more. Nothing was breaking through. I was still angry and sad and at one point heard myself say, 'I hate myself' quickly followed by 'for letting him treat me…..'

I went back to sleep and tried dreaming it better. After sunrise a dream came to me — one full of symbols that I couldn't yet understand, but somehow penetrated a part of my psyche. There was the alchemy I practiced using pen and paper and fantasies of a different life, and there was the alchemy at work on me that I couldn't see, but nonetheless catalyzed an explosion of understanding that blew my old laboratory into oblivion.

After the last round of slumber, at the very moment between sleep and waking, it came to me in a flash of clarity. The blanket of sadness was incinerated in an instant and I was washed clean with the cool blue waters of joy and understanding. I knew my internal chemists were in love with me, and I was in love with me too.

The clarity that I reached showed me that all my efforts to discover the source of my pain were steeped in self-pity. I was a victim of my ex-husband's inability to love me and his repeated abandonment of me, and my devoted love for him. Poor me.

The lab exploded and the smoke cleared and there stood the man I had loved so dearly faithfully keeping his agreement to me. He spent his life with me to show me that I needed to release myself from the hooks of being abandoned by my father when I was still in the womb. He showed me that the self-hatred I carried, because I saw myself as unlovable if I couldn't keep my father, was a lie — a very destructive lie. He was my mirror, showing me these things through his own suffering. But I was afraid and unprepared to see my reflection. And now I can release him from that agreement to find his own way out of the lie that he is unlovable.

Why now? I ask myself. I had forgiven my father years ago for his abandonment of me. I had found a love for myself and appreciation for who I am. That work was done. But I still held the misperception of being a victim of my husband's behavior. My son's divorce allowed me to see that although the underlying need for the mirror of my husband was resolved, the re-creation of those underlying issues in my marriage were still real and active in my psyche. They were holding the old lies in place blocking the flow of energy toward a full life and uninhibited expression of love.

The alchemy of our lives finds us in a full range of experience and experiments. And emotions catalyze our responses to them. As I become familiar with the stages of alchemy through reading The Alchemical Woman, A Handbook for Everyday Soulwork, I gain awareness of, and can give name to the undercurrents of my ever-changing scenery. It makes me pause and drop into those undercurrents for closer examination, to find a more authentic expression of myself. And the more I allow myself the time and space to do that, the more I realize that it IS living. Without it, I am simply playing a part on a stage with as much substance and meaning as a puppet on a string.

The Alchemical Woman is me, and some days that's a ride in the park. Some days, it's a slide into hell. Each day is real and whole and I am present in all my glorious becoming.

~By Susan Forster, who has been in business since her 6th child turned 4 years old
with a degree in finance and a career as a financial planner. Her passion is art
and she is part of the team at Cultural Tapestries and feels that the world is ready
and waiting for the process of alchemy to help us all reach that openhearted
acceptance of one another in all our unique and beautiful forms.

A Handbook for Everyday Soulwork

Designed and written with care and respect for the ancient alchemists and for today's readers seeking positive change, this book reconstructs an age-old system of transformation dating back to Alexandria, Egypt, 200, A.D. This book translates the ancient metaphorical tradition of Alchemy practiced by diverse cultures for millennia into a meaningful and practical tool for self-discovery. As an interactive handbook, it gently guides the reader through the five alchemical stages - from Negredo to Rubedo that are the foundation for THE GREAT WORK, the Philosopher's Stone, the elixir of life. It reveals potent formulas for dealing with all the aspects of the psyche — the shadow and the light. You may contact the authors for retreats, speaking engagements or personal questions about your own alchemical journey through or 541-488-0060 — Visit
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Longji Rice Terraces in Longsheng
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In the mountainous area, around 12 hours’ drive from Shenzhen, lie the most amazing terraces in China demonstrating the profound wisdom and strenuous labor of the Zhuang people. Longji means "Dragon's Spine or Backbone" and when climbing to the top of it and looking down on the nearby terraced rice fields, you will have the feeling that you are standing atop that mythical beast with the terraced rice paddies look like shining scales. Late spring is one of the best times of the year to visit the Longji Rice Terraces in Longsheng. Situated in northeast Guangxi, Longsheng was the earliest county established in southern China. Longsheng City is in a densely forested area, and a must stopover for a trip to the famous Longji Rice Terraces in Ping’an and Jinkeng. The amazing rice-terrace scenery is two hours southeast from Longsheng City, with minority villages scattered throughout the area including the Zhuang villages of Ping’an and the Zhuang and Yao villages of Zhonglu, Dazhai and Xiaozhai. The rice terraces were first built in the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) and completed in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) by Zhuang people, on land sloping down to the riverside from the highest elevation of 885m down to 380m. It is no exaggeration to say that where there is soil, there is a terrace. The terraces are found in the valley beside swiftly flowing rivers to the mountain tops with swirling clouds, or bordering verdant forest and cliff walls. The rice terraces form beautiful natural scenery that varies from season to season. In spring, the fields are irrigated and the terraces look like great chains or ribbons hung on the hillsides. With the onset of summer, waves of green seem to flow down the mountainside. The theme for autumn is the harvest, when the mountainside takes on the golden color of ripened millet. Coming into winter, the mountains are covered with snow, just like dragons playing with water.

Apart from its amazing scenery, Longji is also in an area where some of China’s ethnic minority culture can be experienced. The Zhuang and Yao nationalities inhabit the area although it is mainly inhabited by the Zhuang people. The women dress in unique, colorful costumes and enjoy singing and dancing. Guests can join them to experience the original Zhuang way of life and culture. They are also able to stay with local families and enjoy Longji tea and Longji wine. There are many family-run hostels in Jinkeng, priced from 15 to 20 yuan per bed, shared bathroom with 24-hour hot water for bathing. The guesthouse Quanjinglou is situated at the highest viewing point in Jinkeng, overlooking rice terraces and beautiful traditional Yao villages, offering the best view. Most traditional wooden houses in Pingan have been transformed into simple lodges, offering clean rooms for 15 yuan per bed. (Destination suggested by Rosemarie in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania)

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The irrigated rice-field terraces of Longji
The irrigated rice-field terraces of Longji in Spring.

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This recovery workbook is an incredibly powerful healing tool that helps readers discover how childhood trauma has caused much of the emotional suffering in their lives today. The author Barbara Sinor, PhD, has had extensive professional and personal experience in this area, and uses self-disclosure to present some very powerful examples about her own healing. Sinor states, "Today there are signs that after a long and tumultuous courtship, spirituality and psychology may be finding common ground." Connecting all of these aspects of oneself leads to a holistic healing. She teaches you how to get in touch with your inner child to release negative emotions and recreate childhood beliefs and experiences: "You can learn to live in the present by releasing the retained hurt and not allowing it to direct your life. You can accomplish this by using self-empowerment, by acknowledging your personal power." There are seven key steps to the process: Acknowledgment; Self-Awareness; Meeting Your Child Within; Emotional Release Exercises; The Re-creation Process; For-Giving; and Letting Go. Each step is fully explained and for deeper exploration, at the end of each chapter, are thought-provoking Child Within exercises, affirmations, directions for auto-hypnosis and blank pages for journaling. By using these tools to recreate your past, you will be able to change your present reality and thereby alter your future. Read More HERE

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Ripley's Believe It Or Not awarded prize for “Largest Painting by A Group of Elephants” to Maesa Elephant Camp for a huge creation by 8 elephant artists .

HONG shows amazing control and dexterity as she paints at Maetaman Elephant Camp "HONG" shows amazing control and dexterity as she paints another masterpiece at the Maetaman Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

THAILAND & BEYOND — Komar and Melamid, who were born in the former Soviet Union, both attended the Moscow Art School and the city's Stroganov Institute of Art & Design. In 1978, while they were both still in their thirties, Komar and Melamid made their way to the United States. There, the two artists' works replete with wry irony and humor won widespread acceptance, and in 1981 they became the first Russian artists to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Later, the two started another project called "Elephant Art," whose unlikely genesis was the Thai government's 1990 restrictions on logging. Deforestation of the Thai countryside led to a ban on the logging of teak, an industry that once employed thousands of elephants. Although much needed, the ban left these elephants and their lifelong owners (mahouts) without a livelihood. Upon hearing of the situation in Southeast Asia, Komar & Melamid began their first collaboration with an elephant, Renee, at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio in 1995. It was here that Komar & Melamid developed their method of teaching elephants to paint. After working with elephants in States, Komar & Melamid then introduced the idea of teaching elephants how to paint to Asia and two years later founded the Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project (AEACP). Komar and Melamid opened the first "elephant art academy" in Lampang, Thailand, in 1998. Since then the two artists, together with the animals' handlers, have been teaching elephants how to paint. The results have been astonishing. In 2000, at a Christie's auction in New York, paintings by the academy's elephants fetched between $350 and $2,200. Hong, an 8 year old female with a very curious nature, learned how to paint flowers, then moved on to more advanced paintings. She now has two specialties — an elephant holding flowers with her trunk, and the Thai flag. In 2003 the AEACP brought elephant art to the shores of Japan. The wide-open spaces of Kawamura Memorial Museum housed pachyderm paintings aplenty — and it's fascinating how, like creations by human artists, each expresses the personality of its maker in an individualized artistic style. Kamsean, for example, a 5-year-old male at Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand, clearly favors squiggly lines on his big white canvas; while his 4-year-old female co-habitant, Duanpen, took a brush and rhythmically beat it, filling her canvas with splotches. At the Kawamura exhibition, visitors can watch Terry, the 11-year-old elephant from Ichihara Elephant Kingdom in Chiba, Japan, in artistic action.

"It only takes from a few hours to a day to teach them," said Mia Fineman, an art historian whose book "When Elephants Paint: The Quest of Two Russian Artists to Save the Elephants of Thailand" (at an illustrated history of the Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project. MIA adds: "But the elephant has to want to learn. Elephants in captivity are definitely bored, but it's a matter of disposition, an innate proclivity. Some will do it and some won't." So, can elephants really paint? Komar and Melamid think so. "Who knows what will happen in five, ten, or 200 years from now on," says Komar with a mischievous smile. "In 200 years, elephants may be painting, while artists may be in zoos!"

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RENEE "godmother" of the elephant art movement
At the Toledo Zoo "RENEE" , now known as "godmother" of the elephant art movement, collaborates with Komar & Melamid to create this exquisite work of art

NARAM  finds joy in learning to paint
, extremely depressed when rescued from Mekong Island, has found joy in learning to paint at Cambodia's Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

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