In Response to Joaquin Phoenix and Rush Limbaugh

By now, most have heard about Joaquin Phoenix’s plea for more compassion in our world.   This morning, I happened upon Rush Limbaugh’s reply.

A few years ago, I wrote my own plea for compassion in the dairy industry.   I believe, like Joaquin, that animals are sentient beings, unlike the remarks of the radio personality.

Here is my own plea…….please listen.  You can google Rush Limbaugh’s reply; I won’t warrant it any more attention here.

 

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“A Wolfhound Fairy Tale”

 

 

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“Two Farmhouse Fairy Tales for Valentine’s Day”

Listen to two of my fairy tales from my book, “Enchanted,” both tales of selfless love.

 

 

 

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“Snow”

I see most complaints about winter and snow on social media.   This winter, there has been no significant snowfall where I live.   Snow showers, snow squalls, amounting to a mere dusting that melted soon after or left the treacherousness of ice on the pavement…not the quiet beauty of a winter snow.

My daffodil bulbs are growing; my trees have red buds on the boughs……But my spirit misses the snow.   It seems to cleanse the earth, if but for a day.    And our earth and its negativity could use all the snow Mother Nature can muster……..

We are all confused and confounded now……….even the tiny daffodil bulbs have been tricked into thinking it is spring…….

But I have seen their tiny leaves fooled and covered by mounds of snow before……Most survive……some bend in the weight and never revive enough to grow their smiling blooms…….

I still have snowmen decorations up……..perhaps I will bring a tiny daffodil plant home from the grocery to sit beside them…….a gesture of harmony, not confusion, in a world that is covered by an avalanche that does not cleanse…….

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“Farmhouse Fairy Tales” The Little Dog’s Warm Heart

Today is National Read Aloud Day; a fine day to begin my new series, “Farmhouse Fairy Tales”

Sit back and listen.

I hope you enjoy the story of  “The Little Dog’s Warm Heart.”   ♥

 

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“Imbolc in Ireland”

One of the nicest energies in Ireland was around trees……
They have wishing trees in Ireland, certain sacred trees, respected and cherished. The black hawthorn is considered one, and wishing hawthorns are adorned with beribboned presents and possessions. These hawthorns are given tokens of respect, promises of wishes to be granted, bestowed on their sacred boughs in the Irish woods.
I saw a couple of wishing trees on my trip. On the way to Leap Castle, we saw one. We were supposed to stop and visit the next morning, so I wondered what gift I could leave behind. We were told fairy snacks were quite acceptable.
I had a package of Welch’s fruit snacks in my suitcase. That evening, I took the identifying ribbon off my luggage and tied it through a hole in my snack pack.
The bus driver took a wrong turn the following day. We never made it to the wishing tree.
On another bus tour, we drove past St. Bridget’s shrine. There was a sacred well where pilgrims quenched both thirst and faith, and a sacred tree, with tiny snippets of brightly colored cloth blowing in the wind.
The legend is told that Saint Bridget was an extraordinary beauty. Her focus in life, was not on attracting the opposite sex, but helping her own….. especially young, unwed or impoverished mothers and their babies. But Bridget was smart; she used her beauty to garner funds. She would visit the wealthy men of the area, tell them that she would remove one piece of clothing in return for a donation to her charity. Lustful eyes could not refuse. They donated, she then would tear a tiny snippet of cloth from her ample outfit…….cleverly fulfilling her promise.bridgets-shrine
Today, still as reverence for her work, pilgrims leave tiny snippets on her shrine’s tree.
Today, I believe the intention of wishes can travel across the ocean.   Though not a Blackthorn, I will place a gift of food with twine on a backyard pine, perhaps scatter some fruit snacks on the ground.   She will be my wishing tree, providing nourishment for the birds and squirrels,  (and perhaps the fairies ) who face much more hardship than I when snow is laden on the ground.

Blessings on this February 1st, known as Imbolc or the Day of St. Bridget’s feast.   It is now we celebrate our mid journey through winter towards spring.  Let us hope for longer days of kindness and the warmth of spring…….for the shortness of winter anger and tempers must cease.

Shirl

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“The Beating Heart”

This New Year can be a time of change…..so many are feeling the pain, becoming aware that all life, whether in the home as a pet, or in the bush of Australia, FEEL.

They run to exhaustion from death…….they run to humans for help……….they are running out of time on our earth.

Cruelty toward animals is escalating……..

Perhaps all the empathy felt by so many now towards species running for their lives will tip the scales back to balance.

The earth has undergone changes through the milleniums……..land masses change, species  die and make room for new species…….

But never before, has the influence of man’s hand and heart had such an impact on these changes.

The hand and heart can be benevolent, or it can be cruel and selfish.

Only time will tell which way the scale will tip………….

The heartbeat of the earth is one …….. in some, it beats faster, in some it slows during hibernation…..in some, it beats to exhaustion from running from the flames.

If we listen with our own heart…….the sound is the same.

If we don’t listen………far too many of those heartbeats will end………perhaps all.

Blessings.

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