~Living a life of sophisticated domestication deep in the heart of Texas~

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Gentle June....

....murdered by a hunter's bullet.

Left behind to mourn her loss are we humans who loved her, Dr Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield and others who studied her as a research bear.

Most hurt by this travesty are her cubs Cole and Ember.

I hate hunting with a passion.  May Karma do justice and reward those who needlessly take the lives of innocent,wild animals a thousand times over.

June, you will be missed.  May you prevail in your next life and be blessed beyond measure.


Monday, September 23, 2013

What my way cool friend Roy has to say....

Dear America:

Next time you want to give in to the natural instinct in all of us to hate others who are different... remember... all you hate is what you are. Americans have hated EVERYONE since this nation was formed. Irish hated Italians ...white hated blacks ...blacks hated Latinos... whites figured God told them to kill every Native American so they could take lands which did not belong to them ...Israel is doing the same thing now to Palestinians...

It's becoming popular for American right-wingers to hate Islam and Muslims.
I'm not interested at all in YOUR reasons for hating them.
There is NO reason to hate people you don't know.
You want to hate crazed, religious types?
You can find religious zealots in your own neighborhood ...today! Not too long ago ...four little girls were killed in a bombing in Birmingham by people who were sure God didn't want different people around, or at least God didn't want black folk to have religious and personal freedoms.

Here's the deal ...somebody hurts you or your family in a zealous attempt to rid the world of your kind ... destroy them. No argument.

But don't go around hating EVERYBODY because you can.
That is not the path to a more peaceful world.

I do not hate ... I used to. I hated anyone who picked on weaker persons.
I learned hate kills me first.
If your God tells you it's okay to kill people ...you're insane.
Time for all us "peaceful types" to take a stand to protect innocent people of all kinds.

Just don't play games.  You won't like the reaction.
Humanity is hooked on hate.

Roy C.

(I thought it would be good to share someone else's thoughts for a change.
Thanks, Roy.  You rock!  Shawn)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Peace Day 2013

Imagine there is no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You, you may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You, you may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will live as one

~John Lennon

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Help save Masha and other bears from bear baiting.....

Masha, an 11 year old bear retired from a life in a traveling circus based in Moscow, Russia, is now being used  in a camp as "bear bait" for training dogs to hunt bear in the wild. Bears at these camps are often kept on a short chain and are defenseless because they have had their teeth and claws removed so they do not hurt the dogs.

These camps, (or parks), in Russia are called "Pritravochnye stations" -there are about ten parks trainings dogs in Moscow region and Masha is at one called TTS Fryazevo. There are hundreds of these parks throughout Russia operating legally, because there are no laws prohibiting them from operating.

Pritravochnye stations train hunting dogs to hunt bear, fox, racoons, badgers, and other animals. The hunted animal is savagely mauled to death by the teeth of trained hunting dogs. This barbaric cruelty results in a slow and painful death, with immeasurable suffering as terrified animals having their flesh torn at and ripped apart by trained hunting dogs.

Video (Warning- Graphic)- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK8BnJf9A3c

We ask for the confiscation and rescue of Masha, the 11 year old bear from this barbarically cruel Pritravochnye station and that directors of such operations be charged with animal cruelty.

Russian Presidential Executive Office
Vladimir Putin
23, Ilyinka Street,
Moscow, 103132, Russia
Contact: http://eng.letters.kremlin.ru/

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The great disconnect....

…or pardon me, but I’m going to get down and dirty with my feelings here for just a minute.

So, I was talking to Nameless on the phone the other day.  He’s someone I haven’t seen in years, but someone with whom I thought I had a nice family relationship.  Over the phone, joke-telling and story-sharing and commiserations and congratulations….stuff like that.

We’ve never been super close, as I’m a girl, he’s a guy, more than 7 years separate us and other than when we were both at home and intermittent house-mates and town-mates, we’ve lived apart.  He’s a conservative Baptist.  I’m a liberal Pagan.  He’s married and lives in the east with his conservative Baptist wife.  I’m married and live in Texas with my liberal Buddhist husband, and we are activist types.  Nameless watches sports and she reads.  We don’t go to church.  They go to church and Sunday School and have their class pray for “God’s best for me,” which is to say at one point 7 or 8 years back, they were garnering prayers for the dissolution of my relationship with my Buddhist best friend/lover/husband/soulmate.

Anyway, our conversation was about stuff that has been happening in his life and it went so far as to enter choppy waters, shall we say.  Approach with caution.  There be dragons.  You know, one of those hairpin-curve, sharp-left-turn, ohmygods look-out-you’re-about-to-run-this-thing-off-a-freakin’-cliff kinda conversations that develop and before I could say “boyhowdy” he was asking me “Do you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior and have you confessed your sins and asked him into your heart?  Because, you know you’re a filthy-rags sinner.”  (Well, he left out the filthy rags, but just barely.)

Sigh.  I informed him that I had not changed my theology or my beliefs along life’s way.  I still felt the same, and perhaps he just hadn’t asked or been paying close enough attention.  Can you say, “Not the answer he was looking for?”  Well, the conversation ended with him in a huff and with me thinking, “I think this just might be the very last time I’ll ever talk to Nameless.  Wow.”

Long story short, I’ve come to believe a couple of things that really should NOT have taken me a lifetime to figure out.  Duhhhh….

1. When someone says you don’t really know who they are, you don’t.  However, you may have been telling yourself that all the stuff other people warned you about regarding that person could be ignored.  Instead of reading the handwriting on the wall, you’ve been using your Mr. Clean eraser and have been kidding yourself about it all.  You’ve been ignoring the dinging bells and flashing lights thinking you knew better.  FAIL.
2. When someone tells you there’s a great disconnect, just cut to the chase.  Take their word for it and just never you mind.  Fewer regrettable words will have been uttered and you won’t be left reeling.  You won’t wake up in the night from bad dreams wondering HTH did you miss that?!!  You’ll not be as sad, because you won’t have allowed Nameless to say all that rot.  For crying out loud, if you stop it before it gets into the choppy waters, you won’t have allowed the words to hit you like a 2x4 up side the head and leave you wondering whattheheck was that all about?!!
3. You won’t spend the next 2 or 3 days stopping mid-thought and having to do a facepalm when something from way back when comes jumping into the mental vision field and you’re going, “Ohhhhhhhhhh……” and feeling stupid that you’ve let them get away with that thing all these years.  You won’t be embarrassed all over again for being so STUPID and FORGIVING of what really shouldn’t have been allowed by people who were supposed to care about you more than that.
4. And my gods, when someone says to you, “We’re supposed to love you, but we don’t have to like you,” hang up the damn phone and call it a day.  Period.

Funny.  Nameless used to say this about relationships, and turns out, it applies.

“I’d rather want something I don’t have than have something I don’t want.”


(Nameless:  Just somebody I’m allowing to remain anonymous, because I’m nice like that.)

My thanks to my husband, SGTex.  His encouragement and editing skills gave me what I needed to write this.  xoxoxo

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Remembering Rachel....

....who left this life this morning, makes me want to post some thoughts I have on the blog, but I'll keep them to myself for now and share these words from another wise Rachel.

"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of Nature ~ the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter. Those who dwell…among the beauties and mysteries of the Earth are never alone or weary of life. The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the Universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction."

~ Rachel Carson

hoto: Alatna River Valley, Gates of the Arctic

by Michael Christopher Brown, National Geographic

photo and quote combination from the Spiritual Ecology Facebook page

Revering the Universe. Caring for Nature. Celebrating Life.
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Shawn, a Pantheist