A little hello, a little more personal news, a lot more light. On Sunday, Billy and I were married at our home of seventeen years. We had one guest: Newt.
First, thank you to everyone who has stuck around while the blog is on hiatus. I appreciate you, more than I can say. I thought an update was in order since January is about to come to an end and I haven't yet returned as I had hoped. I still have the desire to blog, … Continue reading Just a Note
[The word balance] seems to speak as much to being stuck and immovable, as much as to harmony. There is also the sense of unbalancing that must take place in order to push a person into a new and larger set of circumstances. — English poet and philosopher David Whyte It's been a hell of … Continue reading With little to say, I find some small refuge in the words of others.
...to say I haven't fallen off this flat earth of ours and that I hope to be back to regular blogging very soon. I've attempted to get a post started several times but nothing happens. I think I just don't have the stomach for writing about pets being needlessly killed by people who are supposed to … Continue reading Just a Note
Some of you may remember the story of a Boston man who was walking his dog in January when he was struck by a school bus. The dog was killed and the man was seriously injured. Many people were touched by the tragedy and the students on the bus were met by counselors when they … Continue reading A Sense of Belonging
Sun came out today, water in the yard has been absorbed, several trees down - mostly small, except for this one: For comparison purposes: We are very fortunate to have come through relatively unscathed. Lives have been tragically lost and homes, businesses and infrastructure throughout the state have been seriously damaged. But as usual, the … Continue reading Update
Snipped from an email received from reader Renate: Subject: How do you cope? From: Renate Date: Tue, August 11, 2015 8:13 pm To: email@example.com There is one thing I’ve been wanting to ask you: How do you cope with the relentless stream of bad news and downright evil reported from the animal world? I sometimes … Continue reading Discussion: How Do You Cope?
Regardless of where one falls on the rather broad spectrum of views on hunting, I think nearly everyone agrees that poachers - those who hunt animals illegally - are the worst of the worst. Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer is a poacher, having plead guilty in 2008 to a felony related to a bear he illegally killed … Continue reading Thoughts on Cecil
A recently published study in Australia found that pets help connect people within communities: "We found that people who had a pet were more likely, than those who didn't own a pet, to get to know people in their neighbourhood that they didn't know before," says [Associate Professor Lisa Wood from the University of Western … Continue reading Discussion: How Have Pets Helped Make Your Community Better?
(Note: This post is going to be uncharacteristic in a few ways: It's long, perhaps a little scattered and based on the assumption that readers know the back story.) I want to start by addressing a few issues that I think have been widely misunderstood regarding Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, WA. For one, many … Continue reading Olympic Animal Sanctuary is No More