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with animals can be a wonderful experience, especially if we
choose to learn the valuable lessons animals teach through their
enthusiasm, grace, resourcefulness, affection and forgiveness.
~ Richard H. Pitcairn...
June 30, 2008
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From the Inside Out...
All the Better to
See You With, My Dear
Words from the Wise...
The Power of Choice
Yes You Can!...
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Expression of Yourself
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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."
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor
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CALLED IT ...
The frustrated mother spoke quietly to the shelter volunteer.
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."
is it she keeps asking for?" the volunteer asked. "Puppy
size!" replied the mother.
we have plenty of puppies, if that's what she's looking for."
know... we have seen every single one of them," the mom
said in frustration...
then Danielle came walking into the office but no puppy in
hand. "Well, did you find one?" asked her mom.
not this time," Danielle said with sadness in her voice.
"Can we come back on the weekend?"
two women looked at each other, shook their heads and laughed.
never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there's always
a supply," the volunteer said.
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.
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,"
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.
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."
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! I found him! I found the right puppy!" she screamed
face beamed as she shouted. "He's the one! I know it!"
startled by all the commotion, came running."What? Are you
sure? How do you know?" she asked.
the puppy sighs!"
mother was baffled. "But it's the same size as all the other
puppies you held over the last few weeks," she said.
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!"
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.
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
holding the puppy up close to her face she said, "Mom, he
loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!"
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.
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.
Bob Perks, professional speaker, author and vocalist.
Bob's story site: www.IWishYouEnough.com
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WRITER & NATURALIST HENRY BESTON (1888-1968)
Here to Read: The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great
Beach of Cape Cod
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."
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FIND A MORE AUTHENTIC
EXPRESSION OF YOURSELF
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.
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.
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
were the catalysts in those internal labs? What propelled
these early scientists to embrace the unseen and recognize
the parallels to their laboratory experiments?
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.
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.
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
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.'
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
acceptance of one another in all our unique and beautiful
A Handbook for Everyday Soulwork
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 Savanah@RamonaRubio.com
or 541-488-0060 Visit TheAlchemicalWoman.com
Dr. Ramona Rubio and Dr. Catherine Davidson
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Longji means "Dragon's Spine or Backbone".
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 Pingan 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 Pingan 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.
from its amazing scenery, Longji is also in an area where
some of Chinas 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
suggested by Rosemarie in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania)
Video of The Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces HERE
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The irrigated rice-field terraces of Longji in Spring.
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From The Child Within:
and Self-recovery Through Re-Creation Therapy (2nd
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.
Barbara's Website ... www.DrSinor.com
Untangling the Web
WHAT A SITE!
to Enhance Your Life & Enrich Your Spirit
At When Is, youll find a listing of holidays from
all around the world. Just select the type of holiday
you want to look up from the following sections: Jewish
Holidays, Muslim Holidays, Christian Holidays, Hindu Holidays,
Buddhist Holidays and American Holidays. For example,
I want to make plans for Labor Day, so I chose American
Holidays and then selected Labor Day from the When Is
list. This year, Labor Day falls on September 1, next
year, it falls on September 7 and in the year 2020, it
lands on September 7 as well! If
you cant find what youre looking for, you
can always use the Google search field they have provided,
located just above the different sections.
Uplifting News Stories
PACHYDERMS ARTFULLY PRESERVE THEIR SPECIES
& 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
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 Amazon.com)is
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."
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
GALLERY: See Elephant Art Documentary Series HERE
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the Toledo Zoo "RENEE"
, now known as "godmother" of the elephant art
movement, collaborates with Komar & Melamid to create
this exquisite work of art
extremely depressed when rescued from Mekong Island, has
found joy in learning to paint at
Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
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